Preliminary results from the Canefield Urban Council election on Monday indicate that a team, led by Michael Coipel, has won.
Coipel had teamed up with up with Michael Timothy, Joyce Dupuis, Maximea Powell and Ingrid Abraham to contest the election.
Powell gathered the most votes, followed by Dupuis and Coipel with Abraham and Timothy receiving the same amount of votes.
Meanwhile, outgoing Chairman of the Council, Simeon Albert is expressing disappointment in the results following Monday’s election.
“I have to say that I am disappointed that the people of Canefield did not elect to the council people who I believe were very qualify and would be able to contribute significantly towards the constitutional development,” he said on state-owned DBS Radio.
He described Coipel as an ‘unproductive person.’
“I view Michael Coipel as a very unproductive person in this community having served with him. I view Maximea Powell in the very same way, plus he is not residing in the community,” he stated. “I mean it is very disappointing that he was elected knowing that two objections were filed against him, he was allowed to run and in spite of that he got the majority of votes. That tells me that it is unfair business taking place.”
Albert also noted that Powell and Coipel stood around the polling station for the greater part of the polling influencing people to come in and vote.
“I had to file an objection,” he said. “I do not know how the presiding officer will deal with that, but that’s a matter for them.”
However, Albert said he respects the decision of the majority.
“But like I say you have to respect the decision of the majority and so I respect it, we will wait and we will see,” he stated.
Albert was chairman of the council for many years but did not contest the last election.