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Former deputy leader and
candidate for political leader
in the upcoming Congress of
the People (COP) elections
says it is disappointing that
the internal elections of the
party had to be taken to the
courts but is looking forward
to the elections whenever they
In an interview with the Sun-
day Guardian yesterday, Seeper-
sad-Bachan said it was a disap-
pointment to see elections post-
poned yet again as it was demor-
alising to her team, but added that
the COP needed to comply with
the dictates of the constitution.
The party's election was post-
poned for the second time in two
months after Justice Ricky Rahim,
sitting in the San Fernando High
Court last week, ordered that the
election, carded for today, be post-
poned and that the national exec-
utive of the party meet to consider
the membership of persons who
He ruled that given the resig-
nations of the members of the
election's committee the leader-
ship election had to be postponed
to a date to be fixed.
The election was originally
scheduled for July 9, but COP
member Kirk Francis filed an ap-
plication to the court seeking an
injunction to prevent Nicole Dy-
er-Griffith, who had left her party
and formed a new party in 2015,
from voting and being a candidate
for political leader, and to prevent
34 other people from voting in the
The party's constitution states
that if someone leaves the party,
goes to another one and wants
to return they need to write the
chairman and political leader first.
The letter is then supposed to be
discussed by the national execu-
tive, who will interview the person
and then take a decision on the
said the court matter had had a
negative impact on the party.
"It is my humble view that this
should have remained out of the
court. I was very disappointed as I
had feared the party has collapsed
with all these resignations. I am
happy to know we are moving for-
ward again," she said.
She said the lesson to be learned
was that "winning an election at
all cost should never happen."
"Nobody wanted to compro-
mise. This is exactly the problem
with politics of this country," she
"People were so caught up with
political power and did not realise
they were damaging the interest
of the party. Winning at all costs
is not the way to go. The COP pol-
itics slipped into some of the old
traditional styles. It confirms, in
my view, the message that we need
to change our politics."
Congress of the People chair-
man Jamieson Bahadur has said if
Dyer-Griffith wants to re-apply
for membership in the party, she
will have to write to him and he
will take the matter to the national
Yesterday, Gary Griffith, Dy-
er-Griffith's husband and cam-
paign manager, in a response to the
Bahadur's statements, questioned
whether the constitution of the
COP was being used conveniently.
"Jamie Bahadur, the returning
chairman of COP, who did not
support Nicole for the post of
political leader, is quoted as say-
ing that Nicole's application for
membership required that she
submit a request in writing to both
the political leader and chairman,
which he claims did not happen.
"In total contrast to his curi-
ous comments, exactly what he
claimed that was required for
Nicole Dyer- Griffith to be consid-
ered to be a member was actually
done, except for the part of writing
to the chairman, as he was absent
from that post for nearly a year,"
He also claimed Bahadur had in-
formed the party he was no longer
interested in acting as chairman
and never attended one meeting of
the national executive for several
months, and was never involved in
anything involving the running of
the party for this year.
"So how can Nicole have writ-
ten to someone in a post who was
Griffith said it seemed that some
people wanted to use the COP con-
Police are investigating the dis-
covery of the decomposing body of
a pensioner who was found outside
his Siparia home yesterday.
Investigators said around 10.10 am,
Dillon Green reported that he went to
La Pastora Street to check on his fa-
ther's friend, who he knew only as Mr
Bars. On walking into the yard, he found
the man's body at the bottom of the
staircase leading to the house.
When Sgt Ali and officers of the
Siparia Police Station checked, they
found body in an advanced state of de-
composition. Relatives were contacted
and he was identified as 71-year-old
Relatives said Pena lived alone and
suffered from diabetes and Parkinson's
disease for many years. Police said they
will wait for the results of an autopsy,
carded for tomorrow at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, to ascertain
the cause of death. ---KEVON FELMINE
The Children's Authority of T&T
says it is working with police to
investigate the brutal beating of
a toddler, who was admitted to
the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of
the Wendy Fitzwilliam Paediatric
Hospital last week.
The toddler was taken to hospital af-
ter allegedly being punched repeatedly
in the stomach and back by a close fe-
male friend of her family last Saturday.
(See editorial on Page A16)
The toddler suffered a ruptured colon
during the beating and doctors worked
on her in a two-and-a-half-hour emer-
gency operation to repair the damage.
Yesterday, in a telephone interview
with the Sunday Guardian, the toddler's
mother said there had been no change
in her condition overnight. Doctors had
told the parents there was a possibility
the child might die.
"She is pretty much the same. They
are saying it is still a possibility that she
could die and she isn't out of the clear
yet. I'm all right and hopeful. I have to
be hopeful, that's my daughter."
The toddler is scheduled to undergo
another surgery tomorrow.
In a release yesterday, the authority
said the matter had been brought to
its attention as soon as the child was
admitted to hospital.
"The Authority is horrified and
strongly condemns the actions of those
responsible for the brutal abuse of the
child," the release stated.
The organisation said it was once
again reminding the public that pre-
venting child abuse is everyone's re-
"In fact, if you see, hear or are
suspicious about the treatment of a
child in your family or neighbourhood
you should immediately make a re-
port to the police or the Children's
The authority is calling on anyone
with information about this incident
to make a report to the police at 999 or
to the Children's Authority Hotline at
996 or 800-2014. KC
Carolyn upset at COP election controversy
Pensioner found dead
working with cops
on child beating case
crept in again
PH taxi driver Stephen Nero, 43,
was attacked and killed by a man
posing as a passenger along Ham-
ilton Siding Road, Wallerfield, on
According to police, Nero, of Denny
Road, Valencia, was stabbed in the neck
and back by his attacker around 8.30
pm. Police found Nero bleeding from
stab wounds on the roadway when they
arrived at the scene.
The engine and lights to his grey
Nissan AD Wagon were found on and
there was blood in and on the vehicle.
The murder came as a shock to his
family, who said he usually doesn't
work after 6 pm as he is a practicing
Seventh Day Adventist.
Nero's family members have report-
edly told police they believe he was set
up by a woman he was dating.
Taxi driver killed by 'passenger'
Anna-Leigh Jones holds Max, a Macajuel snake, in the petting zoo at a family day at St George's College
Grounds in Barataria yesterday. PHOTO: ANISTO ALVES
MEXICO CITY---Tropical Storm
Harvey weakened into a depression
as it moved through the Caribbean
Sea yesterday on a projected course
that would have it approaching
Central America and the Yucatan
Peninsula early this week.
The US National Hurricane Cen-
tre reported that Harvey was centred
about 140 miles (225 kilometres) north-
north-west of Curacao and was heading
west at 22 mph (35 kph). The storm had
maximum sustained winds of 35 mph
(55 kph). The centres said Harvey could
regain its tropical storm status today.
It said heavy rains were possible last
night over Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.
Another tropical storm, Kenneth, was
far out in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico
and moving away from land.
The hurricane centre said Kenneth
was expected to strengthen somewhat
during the next 48 hours and could be-
come a hurricane.
Harvey heads through Caribbean
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