The outspoken Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac romped to victory Sunday night when vendors voted for the first time ever by secret ballot and reelected him as president of their association.
Isaac gained 57 votes to the 8 of his challenger Milton Gillette.
There were three spoiled votes in the poll that was supervised by officials of the electoral department.
The vote took place during the biannual general meeting of the Vendors Association, which is celebrating its 27th anniversary.
The theme of the meeting, held at Sunbilt, Castries, was ‘Unity in Diversity In the Face Of Adversity.’
The newly elected Vendors Association President declared after his win that his first order of business is to ensure that his new executive works with him.
He told St Lucia Times that for too many years he has been the voice of the association.
“We need a public relations officer that could talk out there and do certain things and say certain things on behalf of the association,” Isaac stated.
He expressed the view that too much pressure is placed on the Vendors’ Association President who almost has to do everything.
The newly reelected President told St Lucia Times that he wants to ensure there is shared responsibility.
The other members of the new executive are: Geread ‘Scoobie’ Cherry, Vice President; Asha Weekes, Secretary; Adella James, Assistant Secretary; Sylvia Calderon, Treasurer and Linda Edward, Public Relations Officer.
Three trustees were also elected.
Peter Isaac’s reelection as Vendors Association President will obviously be seen as a vindication of his leadership in the face of criticism from Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, with whom he has been at loggerheads for some time now.
Isaac’s reelection comes despite Francis having hinted in the past that vendors should dump him.
Earlier this year, the Mayor asserted that there was a lot that the Castries Constituency Council could do for vendors, but said they need an association that has a proper structure.
And last year the Mayor vowed that he would bypass Isaac and deal directly with the vendors.