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On PNM internal party elections, the general feeling among those polled is that Dr. Keith Rowley will handily win re-election because of the advantages of incumbency. It is felt that the membership will not want to risk changing leader mid-term of the party being in government. But the public express concern about the security of the ballots during the multiple days of voting. Barring that caveat, respondents in the survey say that the electoral process to choose executives in the PNM is more open and democratic than in the UNC which held internal election earlier this year. The public is also of the view that unlike in the UNC, PNM leadership makes greater effort to incorporate party opponents and that challengers are not seen as enemies of the leader or party. However, the public feel that the process in both parties is biased and unfair against challengers, and they decry the incumbent leader endorsing or running a slate of candidates against others.
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Unlike for the PNM, the public question the integrity and validity of the internal electoral process of the UNC. Party supporters and the public at large feel the integrity of the UNC internal elections held earlier this year was impugned and tainted and not a true reflection of the will of the members. Kamla Persaud Bissessar and her slate of candidates, according to UNC supporters, would have faced more opposition and a competitive contest if the electoral process was free and fair.