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Society of T&T
(ASTT) will hold elec-
tions on January 25 in
compliance with a
ruling last month by
a High Court judge.
Justice Frank Seep-
ersad, sitting in the San
Fernando High Court,
told parties yesterday
the election would be
held on the set date,
regardless of any problems that may arise.
issue it will be done. These elections will be held
on January 25," Seepersad said.
In December, he ruled in favour of members
Sylvester Pino and Hassanali Yatali in the judicial
review matter quashing the society s 2014 election
results because of irregularities in the filling out of
Representing the applicants were attorneys
Michael Rooplal and Saira Lakhan. The ministry
was represented by attorney Kelvin Ramkissoon
while the society s former managing committee
was represented by Kiel Taklalsingh.
When the matter was called again yesterday for
a status hearing, Taklalsingh raised the issue of
which voters list would be used in the elections.
He said the 2014 list would be the best to use
as it was the most up-to-date one of the ASTT s
financial membership. However, Rooplal argued
there were irregularities with the 2014 list and asked
for the 2013 list to be used instead.
Seepersad said while it would be impractical to
amalgamate the two lists, it also would be unfair
to those registered in the 2013 list not to be allowed
to vote, if they paid their dues and re-registered.
Therefore, he ordered a re-registration process
with advertisements placed in daily newspapers at
the Ministry of Food Production s expense.
"Those whose names were on the 2013 voters
list would be asked to come forward to re-register
and pay their fees, so they are eligible to vote in
this election, at the ASTT s Penco Street, Chaguanas,
office from January 12 to 16 between 9 am and 3
pm," the judge said.
He also tackled the issue of the location for the
elections, as Taklalsingh pushed for it to be held
at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya, stating that
"80 to 85 per cent of registered farmers reside in
This was challenged by Rooplal, who pointed out
that up to 2012 the elections were held in a central
Seepersad then ordered all parties to produce a
list of suitable venues in central Trinidad which
can accommodate up to 1,500 people and decide
on one on or before 10 am, January 12, or the court
would decide for them.
Seepersad also ordered the parties to submit a
list of names of election providers to the election
committee on or before January 10 so the committee
could choose one person.
If the committee failed to choose one person by
January 12, the court would also decide who super-
vised the elections, he said.
The sitting was held via video conference with
Taklalsingh and his clients in Port-of-Spain with
Ramkissoon while Rooplal and his clients were in
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President Anthony Carmona was
stumped momentarily during a tour
of schools at his former hometown
of Santa Flora yesterday when a Stan-
dard Three pupil innocently asked
him where he lived.
"That s a sensitive issue," Carmona
responded, adding: "Let s just say I live
in a humble place."
Carmona s remarks brought chuckles
from members of the audience who
accompanied him to six schools, includ-
ing his alma mater Santa Flora Gov-
ernment Primary School.
He came under fire last year for
accepting $28,000 a month for housing
even though he is currently provided
housing at Flagstaff for his family and
When he arrived at his alma mater
yesterday, Standard Four pupils greeted
him with a song called "We Love You."
The notice board had a daily news bul-
letin which read: "The President is vis-
iting our school today."
Carmona shook the hand of every
pupil and personally handed out a token
from the Office of the President. At
his alma mater, he recalled how he
made "traps" in the Savannah as a child
and bought toolum and sweet cherries
from a nearby parlour.
Saying he never imagined that one
day he will hold the Office of President,
Carmona told the pupils they had the
potential to study anywhere in the
He added: "People may say you come
from the bush but don t let that stop
you. You can be anything you want to
be with hard work and sacrifice."
Urging his listeners to be the best
they can be, Carmona asked the pupils
to recite a pledge "to do the right thing
because it is the right thing to do.
Pupil at his alma mater asks Carmona:
Where do you live?
"Don t talk ill of people. Be kind, compassionate
and caring," Carmona said, adding that the worst
bullies in the country were adults. He added that
kindness could open doorways that people never
dreamed were possible.
Some of the pupils got the opportunity to ask the
"What is it like to be the President?" Elijah Mendes
"It s a humbling experience. I have done various
jobs but this one is different because you lose your
sense of privacy," Carmona replied.
Aaron Karabai, of Standard Three, asked: "Sir, do
you know my father? His name is Lennox Karabai."
Carmona then laughed out loud and said Lennox
was his very good friend.
Carmona also told the pupils that it was not a
perfect world and they would make mistakes in life.
"When that happens get back up and run again,"
Carmona said. He hoped to build a nation of patriots
within the next few years, rather than to have a nation
Carmona also visited Santa Flora AC Primary, Palo
Seco Government Primary, Erin Road Presbyterian,
Erin RC Primary and Erin SDA Primary schools.
President Anthony Carmona chats with pupils of the Santa Flora Government Primary School
yesterday during his visit to primary schools in south Trinidad. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Judge lays down law...
polls Jan 25
Justice Frank Seepersad
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