The One Bermuda Alliance [OBA] said they expect to field a full slate of candidates at the next general election.
The OBA presently hold 10 of the 36 seats in the House of Assembly, with John Barritt, Shawn Crockwell, Dr. Grant Gibbons, Patricia Gordon-Pamplin, Donte Hunt, Louise Jackson, Trevor Moniz, Mark Pettingill, Bob Richards and Cole Simons all sitting as OBA MPs.
OBA Chairman Michael Fahy said, “We expect to field a full slate. We also will, in the near future be announcing candidates for the next general election.”
“We are excited by the people that have applied to run for the OBA and believe the community at large will also be excited by the quality, experience and depth of the candidate we will announce.”
The date for the next general election has not yet been announced, however speculation continues to grow that an election will be called in upcoming months.
In 2007, the PLP won 22 seats, while the UBP won 14. There has been a fair amount of party switching since then, with two UBP MPs joining the PLP, three joining the BDA and later the OBA, and seven joining the OBA.
Some of the close wins by the PLP in the 2007 election included Dame Jennifer Smith in St George’s North winning by 25 votes [474-449] over the UBP’s Kenneth Bascome, and Zane DeSilva in Southampton East Central winning by 48 votes [569-521] over the UBP’s David Dodwell.
Glenn Blakeney in Devonshire North Central picked up a win over the UBP’s Albertha Waite by a margin of 57 votes [433-376] and Dale Butler won by 68 votes [494-426] over the UBP’s Gina Spence in Warwick North East.
Close votes in favour of the Opposition during the last election included Bob Richards in Devonshire East winning by 27 votes [402-375] over the PLP’s Neville Tyrell, and Kim Swan winning by 17 votes [457-440] over the PLP’s Dean Foggo.