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Phillip Gonzales

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The polls are now closed and former councillor of the UNC Phillip Gonzales who was stabbed four times was unable to cast his ballot today.

Gonzales, 58, remains warded in a stable condition at the San Fernando General Hospital.

Candidate for Moruga/Tableland Michelle Benjamin said Gonzales is still in a lot of pain and his colleagues were thankful that they were able to speak to him for the first time since the stabbing on the day of the election.

Sean Premchand said Gonzales remains warded at the hospital and was recuperating well. He said the wounds were too serious and it was not possible for him to vote.

Gonzales was stabbed on Saturday night while attending a rally at Basse Terre Moruga. Police said he was sitting inside a maxi-taxi during a motorcade at Basse Terre when a man entered the vehicle around 9:30 pm and began arguing with him. Gonzales ordered the man out the maxi but the assailant pulled out a knife and stabbed him four times. He suffered injuries to the right side of his chest, arm and shoulder. The assailant remains at large. This is not the only violent incident to have been reported in the leadup to elections.

Two weeks ago a passenger in a car was attacked and beaten with a baton by a man who was dressed in a red jersey. This incident is said to have taken place in Oropouche during a PNM motorcade. No one was arrested but the matter is still under investigation.