Trinidad and Tobago’s general elections are carded for August 10, and with less than a week to go, electioneering has reached a fever pitch.
Despite the country’s rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, it is not uncommon to see political supporters of both major parties — the incumbent People’s National Movement (PNM) and the opposition United National Congress (UNC) — gathered around music trucks that parade through neighborhoods canvassing votes.
While voters may be interested in hearing about candidates’ COVID-19 strategies, no one quite expected the seemingly futuristic proposal, put out by the UNC, of “creating a dome around T&T” to “protect our country from all illegal outsiders and activity.” The idea was put forward in an advertisement detailing the party’s COVID-19 response plan.
Widely shared on social media, the ad claimed that the party, if elected, would have said dome “partly operational within 1 month and fully operational in 6 months”
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