By DARCEL CHOY Tuesday, March 12 2013
TICKETS are now available for the Inauguration of the Fifth President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Justice Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona which will be held next week Monday at 5 pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain.
Citizens interested in attending can get the tickets which will be distributed on a first-come, first- served basis from the city, borough and regional corporations. Those attending are asked to be seated by 4.15 pm.
The inauguration will be held one day after outgoing President George Maxwell Richards’ term in office comes to an end, on March 17. Because March 17 is a Sunday, the Constitution specifically calls for the event to be held one day later, in this case, on Monday March 18 — the next available working day. A ceremonial salute is expected for outgoing President Richards and the Regiment Band is to play a key role. Former President ANR Robinson could also attend if he is able to. Former Chief Justices, Senate Presidents, religious heads and politicians are also expected to be invited.
Students of the Santa Flora Government School as well as Presentation College, San Fernando — both schools which Carmona attended — are expected to be asked to attend. Other schoolchildren will also be a part of the inauguration proceedings.
On Friday February 15, at 2.08 pm, Justice Carmona was declared this country’s next president at the eighth meeting of the Electoral College.
“Honorable members, Mr Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona was the only person nominated for the office of President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,” House Speaker Wade Mark said.
“Therefore, in accordance with Section 31 of the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Regulation 9(1)(b) of the Electoral College Regulations of 1976, I hereby declare Mr Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona elected President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago,” Mark said. It took just eight minutes, then, for the Electoral College to declare a new president.
After Mark’s announcement, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar addressed the Electoral College, describing Justice Carmona — the People’s Partnership’s only nominee for President — as “a man of the people”, “on equal with the highest echelons of our Land” but who still “rubbed shoulders with the ordinary folk on his regular journeys on the Water Taxi to and from San Fernando or joining hands with fellow parishioners at services at Assumption Church, Maraval, and at the La Divina Pastora church in Siparia on Sunday mornings.”