Cletus Cyril: CSA elections tampered with

Cletus Cyril: CSA elections tampered with

Cletus Cyril, the former President of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA), has asserted that the trade union’s April, 2016 elections were tampered with.

At a news conference this afternoon, Cyril cited what he indicated were a number of irregularities, some of which he said were recorded on mobile telephone camera.

He stated that Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) on the Morne was not informed or aware of a polling station to be placed at the institution.

The former CSA President told today’s news conference that the Manager of the LUCELEC Cul de Sac plant was also not aware of the CSA elections as it pertains to a polling station on the premises.

He said no provisions were made to accommodate the elections process.

Cletus Cyril noted that half an hour later they were allowed to set up inside the compound so that the voting process could take place.

Among the other issues the former CSA President raised was a report  that an election officer came outside the CSA auditorium, where it was observed that she gave the laptop computer used in the election process to a member of the union whom he identified by name.

Cyril said the CSA member was waiting in the balcony before the votes were tallied.

The former CSA President revealed that a photo was taken of the union member receiving the laptop computer, which was later returned.

Cyril also cited an indicident in which a member of the Save the Union team was observed telling members where to vote.

He indicated that in at least one instance a photograph of such an occurrence was taken.

Asked why the issues were being raised now, the former CSA president disclosed that it took time to gather the information.

“In order to do things right there is a process the trade union has to go through- there is a section in the constitution that indicates how you go about doing things of that nature,” he told the news conference.

Cyril said he was speaking to the media after writing to the Chairman of the Elections Commission, and citing the various issues for the body to investigate and clarify.

He stated that a response from the commission had to be awaited.

Cletus Cyril said:

“Up to today we have received no response from the Chairman of the Commission to this mishap. What I want to see happen is the membership to take control over that situation.”

He suggested that there was no desire to resolve the matter by means of the courts or the Labour Commissioner, since it was the union’s business.

“This is the union’s business so it is our members that have to come together and rectify the situation,” the former CSA president asserted.

 

 

 

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10 Comments

  1. Boujon Guiyave
    May 24, 2016 at 5:55 pm Reply

    And its only now you raising these concerns? If you were serious this would have been done weeks ago. What should have been happening today is an on going investigation into the matter or the publication of the results of such investigation. You right now should find a place to hide your head. Fool!

  2. Sad-But-True
    May 24, 2016 at 6:17 pm Reply

    Another day in “The Twilight Zone.”

  3. Anonymous
    May 24, 2016 at 6:23 pm Reply

    If it is the membership to resolve it then why call the press conference. You should attempt to resolve the internal squabbles of the union within the membership and to move on with the business of the day which is to unify the union and getting it smooth operation back on track which I believe is the mandate of the present executive.

  4. Sad-But-True
    May 24, 2016 at 6:37 pm Reply

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  5. Doormat
    May 24, 2016 at 6:39 pm Reply

    Lol. Your name is now “Oily Sour Grapes”. Da same members that voted out your arrogant self you now clamoring for their support. Garcon go pack yourself on a side, your had your time to prove yourself and you failed miserably

  6. the youth
    May 24, 2016 at 9:45 pm Reply

    wow i saw some of the pictures ..i saw a member of save the union who was not a returing officer at the polling station at LUCELEC on the computer of the returning officer ..that computer was used for verification ..what was he doing on the returning officer computer during voting..heads will roll..members ..go get a look at these photos…i candiate who won at 5.30 on election day even before the votes were counted engage a security firm to stand gaurd at CSA door with a guard dog.. and the SSU WAS called to check CSA EVEN BEFOR ELECTION RESULTS WERE OUT

  7. CONCERN
    May 24, 2016 at 9:45 pm Reply

    wow i saw some of the pictures ..i saw a member of save the union who was not a returing officer at the polling station at LUCELEC on the computer of the returning officer ..that computer was used for verification ..what was he doing on the returning officer computer during voting..heads will roll..members ..go get a look at these photos…i candiate who won at 5.30 on election day even before the votes were counted engage a security firm to stand gaurd at CSA door with a guard dog.. and the SSU WAS called to check CSA EVEN BEFOR ELECTION RESULTS WERE OUT

  8. The Commentator
    May 24, 2016 at 10:06 pm Reply

    Oily you sore loser. You get licks in the CSA elections so lick your wounds and move on.

  9. member
    May 25, 2016 at 6:11 am Reply

    Oily you really thought members would vote for you……..please oily get over it no one wanted you as president ok. So just move along.

  10. CSA member
    May 25, 2016 at 9:28 am Reply

    What does that say about you Oily you and your Executive had the power you were charged with facilitating the elections you appointed the elections commission you approved the budget and programme of the Commission. The membership rejected your Team please respect the wishes of the membership. Accept defeat like a man or take your concerns to the courts.

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