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A Point Fortin father of six was
shot dead early yesterday as he
slept with his two sons.
Police said Selwyn James Fraser,
55, was asleep with his sons---two-
year-old Jaheem and one-year-
old Jeremiah---when a man prised
open the louvres of their bedroom
window and shot him once in the
Investigators said around 7.15
am, Fraser s wife, Cathy Figaro,
33, returned home from work in
San Fernando to find her husband
dead in bed.
Point Fortin police, supervised
by ASP Deonarine Basdeo and Insp
Jagroop, visited the family s home
on George Road, Mahaica, and
found Fraser had been shot through
the left side of his face with a .38
His killing took the murder toll
to 311 for the year.
A distraught Figaro said her hus-
band s arms remained wrapped
around Jaheem, who was still
"When I came home this morn-
ing, I saw the gate open and when
I looked I saw four louvres open
which we do not open at all.
"I just put down my bag and I
walked to the louvres and I called
out Selwyn and I realised he was
"I looked and I was not seeing
the baby and when I looked again
I saw my two-year-old lying
underneath Selwyn and hugging
up. He was lying face down on his
belly and I thought he had died
too, and that is when I start bawl-
ing. I could not see the baby either,"
She said she ran to a neighbour s
home for help and it was only
when the neighbour went to her
apartment that Jaheem was awak-
ened and Jeremiah was crying near
She said the children were now
staying with relatives as they were
too traumatised after seeing their
father s body.
Although there were no arrests
up to late yesterday investigators
said they were working on several
Polls cards were not delivered to
large numbers of people in the some
districts in the San Juan/Laventille
Regional Corporation ahead of
yesterday s local government elec-
This caused several mix-ups and
confusion as some electors, unsure
of where they had to vote, ended up
going to the wrong polling stations.
Laventille East/Morvant MP
Donna Cox, who cast her ballot at
the polling station on the Angostura
compound, Laventille, shortly after
midday, said she had received several
complaints from electors and workers
at her constituency office.
"We spent a lot of time checking
with the EBC on behalf of people
who complained that they didn t get
their poll cards and didn t know
where to vote," she said.
There were reports of other minor
incidents at polling stations for the
corporation, which covers areas rang-
ing from St Ann s, Cascade and Bel-
mont to Aranguez, Laventille and
In one incident at the St Barb s
Government Primary School, there
were objections after a deaf mute
young woman was accompanied into
the voting booth by a relative.
It was felt that the young woman
did not have any impediments to
voting on her own and the matter
was reported to the EBC.
There was low voter turnout
throughout the day, particularly dur-
ing the morning, when there was
rain. Voting picked up in the after-
noon but, according to reports, at
several polling stations it never got
beyond a trickle.
Regardless of the outcome of
the local government elections,
every voter will win because of
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar said yesterday.
After voting shortly after 2 pm
yesterday at the Hermitage Pres-
byterian School, Persad-Bissessar
told members of the media:
"I think by this evening after all
the votes are cast everyone, man,
woman, who has voted will know
and feel that he or she has won
and everyone will win.
"Everyone will win because
whilst proportional representation
had been on the national agenda
for decades, my administration
actually put this into effect and
at the end of the day every single
vote will count and every single
person will win because of that
The PM said although a million
people are registered to vote the
voter turnout for local government
elections was not as high as in a
Reports reaching her, she said,
were that voting turnout was slow
but steady and there were no inci-
dents, except that at some polling
stations the ink was coming off
Told that former prime minister
Patrick Manning, after voting in
San Fernando, said he was bowing
out of politics at the next election,
Persad-Bissessar wished him well.
"Mr Manning has served our
country well as our Prime Minister
on more than one occasion. I wish
him best of luck in any future
endeavours he may engage in," she
Asked about the timing of the
right-to-recall law, Persad-Bisses-
sar said: "Better late than never.
It is something we had promised.
"We still have 18 months in gov-
ernment. I really want to keep as
many (as possible) of those prom-
ises we made in 2010 and that is
one aspect of it."
She said the Government had a
rough draft of the law which will
be passed on to the Law Reform
Commission "as soon as possible"
and then sent for Cabinet approval.
A voter broke down
in tears yesterday after
he was turned away
from the Hermitage Vil-
lage polling station at
School because his
name was not on the
As tears streamed
down his face, Kelvin
Jaikaran, 58, told reporters
he was shocked and hurt
because he was accus-
tomed to voting there in
Jaikaran said he voted
at that polling station in
2010 for the general and
local government elec-
"I have been voting all
my years here, all my life.
Dad shot dead while
sleeping with 2 sons
Selwyn James Fraser, 55, killed at
his home in Mahaica, Point Fortin
PM: Everyone will win with PR
Lack of poll cards causes confusion
I born and grow up here
and they don t have my
name on the list. They
checked and they say I
not able to vote."
Jaikaran said he was
"I feel bad. I want to
make a vote," he said.
Oropouche West MP
Stacy Roopnarine, who
was passing through the
area, said in cases like
that, voters should check
with returning officers at
Roopnarine said in
spite of the rain voters
were coming out. SW
Tears as voter is turned away
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