Civil Service Association (CSA) member and former shop steward, Yvonne Edwin, has been declared the new president of Saint Lucia’s largest trade union grouping.
Edwin, who has been a member of the CSA since 2001, and a young vibrant worker in the public service, defeated Cletus Cyril, to become the organisation’s new president.
CSA executive, Wilfred Pierre, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) late Wednesday evening that while a recount is being done, the initial count has shown Edwin winning the position by a landslide.
Edwin said her campaign was based on change and this may be the main reason for the overwhelming victory she received at the organization’s biennial election.
The new president noted that the association has been clearly divided and politicized, something she hopes to address during her term in office.
She promised to do her best, while acknowledging that she had a challenging task ahead.
The polls were opened early Wednesday morning for members to participate in voting for a new executive. They were each granted one hour to complete their voting at the various polling stations island wide.
In an effort to make the system more transparent, voters’ names had to be electronically verified, before they were given the green light to vote. All polling stations were closed at 5 p.m.
There were some 2,080 registered voters, and 20 individuals that contested for various positions.