For the first time since it began contesting general elections in 1964 as the party of businessman, Peter D’Aguiar, The United Force is unlikely to win a seat at this year’s general elections.
With 62% of the vote counted, TUF has gotten only 781 votes. In 2006 it got the last seat to be assigned as it had the highest remainder of 2, 694. That is unlikely to be the case this time around.
After contesting for the first time in 1964 as UF, the party has won at least one seat in each election it has participated in. Its claim to fame was its alliance with the PNC in 1964 which allowed that coalition into government ahead of the PPP. The PNC-UF alliance later crumbled and the party went into the opposition benches.
This year leadership turmoil gripped the party and its presidential candidate Valerie Garrido-Lowe joined with the AFC. Another candidate, Peter Persaud, then ran as the party’s presidential candidate.