Although the results of Public Services Association (PSA) were not released last night, already there are claims of irregularities in yesterday’s voting.
A total of six teams were vying to control the union with its 12,000 members.
Voting started at 7 am and ran until 4:30 pm.
Curtis Cuffie, leader of the Concerned Public Officers (CPO) was among those complaining about the process, arguing the election was not free and fair as the membership would have wanted it.
He said many public servants were not on the voters’ list and many people were not aware of where to cast their votes.
“This election is all about chaos and mayhem for evil to strive and if anyone can see that I just can’t say anymore the situation is very serious but we will be recording all the irregularities there is already a matter filed before the court to deal with it”, Cuffie stated.
“The reason for having an election is for the members to exercise their rights in a free and fair manner, but that is not happening and the PSA constitution is being disregarded by the incumbent president.”
Oral Saunders of United Public Officers and Ian Murray of Labour Warriors, who were both contesting the presidency of the union, also expressed concern about reports from their members regarding not being on the voters’ list.
Incumbent PSA President Watson Duke defended the process and the allegations being made.
“I must admit there are some challenges for persons who wanted to vote and where unable to vote though some of them where members are 26 years, 15 years and ten years etc and the principal reason for that is when the list was published they never took the time out to ensure their names were there”, Duke said.
He added that the election was a date he had been waiting for a very long time and he described those who wanted to stop the election as wicked.
“I am confident of victory”, Duke said.
Despite the incumbent President’s comments, a video was posted on social media by nurses at the Eric Williams Medical Complex who complained their names were not on the voter’s list.
This same concern was met by many other PSA members in areas in Mayaro, Rio Claro and other areas across the country.
The results are expected to be ready before the end of the week.
The PSA’s election was originally supposed to take place on November 23, but was delayed due to court action against the process due to allegations of voter fraud, misappropriation and misbehaviour.
The court ruled the election would take place on December 14.