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Trinidad and Tobago to hold election Nov. 5

PORT OF SPAIN, Sept 28 (Reuters) - The energy-rich southern Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago will hold a general election on Nov. 5, Prime Minister Patrick Manning announced on Friday in Parliament.

The five-year term of the current administration ends next month.

“I have today advised his excellency the president to dissolve parliament with effect from midnight tonight. General elections will be held in Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, November 5,” Manning said.

The three main contenders for the 41-seat parliament -- 39 in Trinidad and two in sister-island Tobago -- are the ruling People’s National Movement, the opposition United National Congress and the Congress of the People.

In the 2002 elections, over 600,000 people were eligible to vote. That figure is expected to increase this year.

Opinion polls favor another win by the PNM but have indicated that a coalition between the UNC and the COP could pose a challenge to the ruling party.