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The PNM is not ready for the one-
man-one-vote system of voting.
That was the view of Pennelope
Beckles-Robinson, who challenged
Dr Keith Rowley for the post of polit-
ical leader during yesterday s nation-
al executive elections.
She also sought to concede as she
indicated that while she remained
confident "if it is God s will and I
don t win, I think I have done my
best. I had an excellent team and I
am satisfied that we have done our
Thanking her supporters, Beckles-
Robinson said, "We just have to recog-
nise that we have to do better the
next time and of course the next time
should be me leading the PNM."
Beckles arrived shortly after 11 am
to cast her ballot at the Arima Central
Secondary School. She was accom-
panied by her husband, Noel Robin-
son. He is a party group vice chairman
but his name was not on the list of
The voting process was slow as
Beckles-Robinson said she took some
45 minutes to complete the exercise.
There were some 15 positions to be
filled on the executive.
She complained about the frustra-
tion and distress of members who
lived in distant communities such as
La Fillette, Blanchisseuse and Valencia
who would have wanted to vote but
were unable to do so. She said it was
ridiculous and outrageous that there
was only one poling station for the
large Arima constituency.
She said while it might not have
been deliberate, the party must take
blame for the late availability and
inaccuracies of the voters list.
"As far as I am concerned the party
simply was not ready for a one-man-
one-vote." she insisted.
That is not good for the party. I
think it is a whole question of reper-
cussions for the party later on because
this is a process the whole country
is looking at," she said.
According to Beckles-Robinson, the
PNM s base support was not sufficient
to win the 2015 general election. She
said denying your own members the
right to vote will adversely affect the
party in the future. "They are the
same people you have to go back and
beg to vote for you because your base
is clearly not enough for you to win,"
She also said the PNM must seek
to woo members of the COP and
other parties for the next general elec-
She said she had no intention of
leaving the PNM and continues to
aspire to lead the party. Her team
called Team Penny was the major
challenger to the incumbent team led
by Rowley. It was the first elections
conducted under the system of one-
man-one-vote in the party s 58 year
ready for one
Even as the grandfather of 17-
month-old Jaedon Cudjoe who
died after being locked in a car
for eight hours appears in court
today, police are probing the
death of another baby.
Straughn was found dead at her
Carapichaima home less than two
hours after she was breast fed and
put to sleep yesterday.
Police said around 5 am the
child s mother Priscilla Ramchar-
itar, 29, breast fed the baby who
fell asleep and was left on the bed.
When the child s father Damien
Straughn was leaving for work
around 6.30 am he went to check
on the baby who was motionless.
The baby was taken to the
Couva Health Facility where she
was pronounced dead on arrival.
An autopsy is expected to be
performed today. WPC Parks is
Meanwhile Winston Jerricho
Cudjoe, 56, is expected to appear
before a Siparia magistrate today
charged with manslaughter.
Cudjoe forgot to drop Jaedon off
at the baby sitter on Tuesday after
he received a call abut a promotion.
Jaedon was asleep in the back
seat of his car, strapped into a car
seat, around 7.30 am at the
Petrotrin Penal Installation where
When he returned around 4.30
pm the child was dead.
Cudjoe was charged on Friday
evening, but was granted $200,000
bail at the station so he could
attend his grandson s funeral.
The service took place on Sat-
urday at the family s Aquat Village,
Fire at the Beetham Landfill lit up
the night sky as thick black smoke
billowed into the capital city of Port-
of-Spain last night.
A spokesman at the site said the
fire started on the same day an earlier
blaze, which started on Friday, was
Drivers on the nearby Beetham
Highway and security personnel and
workers at the dump looked on as
officers in two national security hel-
icopters monitored from above.
Yesterday s fire occurred after fires
at the same venue affected people
and schools in parts of Port-of-Spain
for about one week in January this
An e-mail issued by general man-
ager of sales, marketing and commu-
nications at the Solid Waste Man-
agement Company (SWMCOL)
George Elias said the blaze was detect-
ed around 3 pm and was attracting
the attention of SWMCOL personnel,
who were being assisted by police
and the fire services.
Elias said the company apologised
to the public for any inconvenience
caused by the fire.
Contender for the post of political
leader of the PNM Pennelope Beckles-
Robinson greets a supporter outside a
polling station at the Arima Central
Secondary School during the party's
internal elections yesterday.
PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
on fire again
Cops probe another baby's death
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