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Phone daily from 11 a.m. - 5p.m. 652-5042; 701-2877.
Registration half an hour earlier
mar PSA polls
Elections officer for the Public Service Association
(PSA) Versil Wright said yesterday s election for
the new executive of the union had a hiccup.
Voters names were not on the list even though
they were present with pay slips and membership
cards, she said. She added that the results would not
be available yesterday since an investigation would
have to be done into the discrepancy.
In a telephone interview with the T&T Guardian
yesterday, Wright said the list of voters had been
given to her by the association through general sec-
retary Nixon Callender.
Approximately 16,000 voters were registered to
vote in yesterday s elections.
Because of the problems experienced, Wright said,
she waived some of the rules and decided to treat
with such voters as special electors. Those votes, she
said, would be tallied after those in the ballot boxes
were counted and after verifying they were legitimate
voters. Voting for the new team to lead the union
began at 7 am yesterday and ended at 4.30 pm. Voters
cast their ballots at the 61 stations throughout T&T,
38 fixed and 23 roving.
Asked if that had anything to do with previous
reports of irregularities, Wright said she could not
pronounce on that. Last week, a T&T Guardian report
highlighted that the Defenders slate called for an
investigation into voter-padding.
The Defenders presidential candidate Raymond
Butler said then: "We had to file an injunction to
have them produce an electoral list of voters and we
had less than two weeks to examine the list.
"Upon examination we discovered that there were
people who were named on the list who would have
either retired or taken VSEP (Voluntary Separation
of Employment) from WASA and there are over 730
people who took VSEP and we are seeing their names
appearing on the list.
"There are discrepancies where people with no
membership numbers apparently were given tem-
porary numbers to vote and we are uncertain when
and how many were assigned."
Wright also said she received the list of voters too
late, a week before the election. She said she tried
to accommodate some people who might have been
hampered from voting by requesting an extension
of the deadline for voting to 6 pm but not all employ-
ers agreed to it. Calls to outgoing president Watson
Duke yesterday went unanswered.
The Miss World T&T Organisa-
tion has stripped its reigning rep-
resentative Sherrece Villafana of her
In a release yesterday, head of the
organisation, Athaliah Samuel, a for-
mer Ms T&T representative herself,
cited conduct that was not in keeping
with the "high moral and ethical obli-
gations" of the organisation as the
reason for the decision.
In telephone interview, Samuel said
Villafana, 19, was dethroned because
of a dispute over funds she received
from the Office of the Prime Minister.
According to Samuel, on August
14, Villafana collected a $200,000
cheque from the Office of the Prime
Minister, which was given in support
of her trip to the Miss World pageant
in Indonesia from August 28 to Octo-
Samuel said the organisation only
became aware of the donation during
a post mortem meeting on November
6 and had received confirmation from
the OPM that Villafana had collected
"I didn t expect that type of behav-
iour from a person who is supposed
to represent me and my country,"
In a telephone interview yesterday,
Villafana confirmed she collected and
cashed the cheque from the Office
of the Prime Minister because it was
in her name. However, she said she
handed over the money to two pag-
eant committee members.
Those funds, Villafana said, were
spent on dresses, shoes and other
accessories for her participation in
When asked about the allegation
by Samuel that she (Villafana) did
not tell them about collecting the
cheque, Villafana said: "Why? I gave
it to them. They are on the commit-
Samuel confirmed that the com-
mittee members who allegedly
received the money did not show up
for the post mortem meeting on
November 6 but sent a note prior to
the meeting saying their work with
the organisation "was finished."
When asked if the committee
members had officially resigned,
Samuel said no, adding the note was
all she had received.
A 21-year-old man who robbed two eld-
erly men at their home in Paramin last
week has been sentenced to 12 months in
prison with hard labour.
Mervyn Constantine, of Maraval, received
the sentence after he pleaded guilty to rob-
bery with violence when he appeared before
Senior Magistrate Gail Gonzales in the Port-
of-Spain Fourth (A) Magistrates Court, yes-
After accepting Constantine s plea, the
court heard evidence that around 8.15 pm
last Thursday, he and another man entered
the pensioners home at Morne Reni Road,
Constantine and his accomplice were said
to be wearing ski masks and beat the victims
before robbing them of cash, jewelry and
electronics, then ran away.
The victims were taken to the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital and a report was
made to Sgt Irwin Roberts of the Maraval
PCs Keston Thomas and Marlon Turner
arrested Constantine last Friday at a house
His accomplice managed to escape capture
during the raid. Some of the victims stolen
items were recovered in the house.
Both officers were commended by Gon-
zales and senior officers of the Western
Division for their hard work and speedy
Disagreement over $200,000 cheque
stripped of title
12 months jail for robbing 2 elderly men
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