A United National Congress local government candidate was told he had lost the election on Monday, so he congratulated his opponent and went home.
It was only at noon yesterday that Phillip Gonzales, who contested the Moruga/Barrackpore electoral district, was told of the blunder, and that he had in fact won.
Gonzales said: “Our camp had persons tallying votes at different polling stations and word got back to me that the PNM candidate Kenwyn Williams was declared the winner by about 45 votes. I called him and congratulated him, and offered my assistance in serving the people. He accepted my greetings and that was it.”
Gonzales, 51, incumbent councillor for the area, said he went to his home at Basseterre, Moruga, believing that he had lost.
“It was only when someone called and told me that they heard I was declared the winner that I checked with the Elections and Boundaries Commission and they confirmed that I had won. I am elated. I know I am a very hard-working councillor, and I think this victory is for the people whom I serve everyday working with them in their gardens, drains, and the roads,” said Gonzales.
He said the electoral district of Moruga/ Barrackpore, part of the Princes Town Regional Corporation, consisted of over 7,500 persons, and he won 1,843 to 1,747.
With the win by Gonzales, UNC has control over the PNM in the Princes Town Regional Corporation, six seats to three.
Gonzales thinks he deserves a congratulatory call from his People’s National Movement opponent.