The fledgling One Bermuda Alliance, contesting its first general election, denied the ruling Progressive Labour Party a fourth consecutive term tonight [Dec.17] when it claimed a bare majority in terms of parliamentary seats but a solid majority of the popular vote.
Just after midnight OBA candidate Nandi Davis was declared the winner in St. George’s West by just four votes out of the 928 cast. When that East End constituency fell into the OBA column, it provided the OBA with its razor-slim margin of victory.
By defeating the Progressive Labour Party’s Renee Ming and Independent Kim Swan in a tight three-way race, Ms Davis provided the OBA with 19 seats in the House of Assembly — one more than needed to form the next Government. The PLP’s final tally was 17 seats.
The OBA won 52 per cent of the popular vote with the PLP taking 46 percent and the record field of 15 Independent candidates just two per cent. In numerical terms the breakdown was 15,928 votes for the OBA, 14,186 for the PLP and 628 for the Independents.
During an evening not lacking in drama, the most dramatic result of all came early during the vote count when OBA newcomer Glen Smith defeated Premier Paula Cox in Devonshire North West by a 55 percent to 44 per cent margin.
Later former Premier and incumbent Education Minister Dame Jennifer Smith went down to defeat at the hands of longtime rival Kenneth Bascome in St. George’s North. Mr. Bascome, the current Mayor of St. George, had contested the constituency for the United Bermuda Party at previous general elections before joining the OBA earlier this year.
Patrice Minors was also defeated in an electoral re-match with the OBA’s Michael Dunkley. She handily beat the then United Bermuda Party leader in the Smith’s North constituency in 2007. But a resurgent Mr. Dunkley — now deputy leader of the OBA — bested her by a better than two-to-one margin last night, 618 votes to 298.
A list of the old MPs and new MPs for each constituency follows below:
|Constituency||Old MP||New MP|
|#1 St. George’s North||Dame Jennifer Smith [PLP]||Kenneth Bascome [OBA]|
|#2 St. George’s West||Kim Swan [IND]||Nandi Davis [OBA]|
|#3 St. David’s||Lovitta Foggo [PLP]||Lovitta Foggo [PLP]|
|#4 St. George’s South||Donte Hunt [OBA]||S. Roberts-Holshouser [OBA]|
|#5 Hamilton East||Derrick Burgess [PLP]||Derrick Burgess [PLP]|
|#6 Hamilton West||Wayne Furbert [PLP]||Wayne Furbert [PLP]|
|#7 Hamilton South||Darius Tucker [PLP]||Sylvan Richards [OBA]|
|#8 Smiths South||Cole Simons [OBA]||Cole Simons [OBA]|
|#9 Smiths West||Trevor Moniz [OBA]||Trevor Moniz [OBA]|
|#10 Smiths North||Patrice Minors [PLP]||Michael Dunkley [OBA]|
|#11 Devonshire East||Bob Richards [OBA]||Bob Richards [OBA]|
|#12 Devonshire South Central||Craig Cannonier [OBA]||Craig Cannonier [OBA]|
|#13 Devonshire North Central||Glenn Blakeney [PLP]||Glenn Blakeney [PLP]|
|#14 Devonshire North West||Paula Cox [PLP]||Glen Smith [OBA]|
|#15 Pembroke East||Walter Roban [PLP]||Walter Roban [PLP]|
|#16 Pembroke East Central||Michael Weeks [PLP]||Michael Weeks [PLP]|
|#17 Pembroke Central||Wayne Perinchief [PLP]||Walton Brown [PLP]|
|#18 Pembroke West Central||Neletha Butterfield [PLP]||David Burt [PLP]|
|#19 Pembroke West||Shawn Crockwell [OBA]||Jeanne Atherden [OBA]|
|#20 Pembroke South West||Louise Jackson [OBA]||Susan Jackson [OBA]|
|#21 Pembroke South East||Ashfield DeVent [PLP]||Rolfe Commissiong [PLP]|
|#22 Paget East||Dr Grant Gibbons [OBA]||Dr Grant Gibbons [OBA]|
|#23 Paget West||Patricia Gordon Pamplin [OBA]||Patricia Gordon Pamplin [OBA]|
|#24 Warwick South East||Alex Scott [PLP]||Lawrence Scott [PLP]|
|#25 Warwick North East||Dale Butler [PLP]||Marc Pettingill [OBA]|
|#26 Warwick South Central||Marc Bean [PLP]||Marc Bean [PLP]|
|#27 Warwick North Central||Elvin James [PLP]||R Wayne Scott [OBA]|
|#28 Warwick West||Mark Pettingill [OBA]||Jeff Sousa [OBA]|
|#29 Southampton East||Stanley Lowe [PLP]||Zane DeSilva [PLP]|
|#30 Southampton East Central||Zane DeSilva [PLP]||Leah Scott [OBA]|
|#31 Southampton West Central||Charles Swan [IND]||Shawn Crockwell [OBA]|
|#32 Southampton West||Randolph Horton [PLP]||Randolph Horton [PLP]|
|#33 Sandys South||Terry Lister [PLP]||Terry Lister [PLP]|
|#34 Sandys South Central||Walter Lister [PLP]||Kim Wilson [PLP]|
|#35 Sandys North Central||Dennis Lister [PLP]||Dennis Lister [PLP]|
|#36 Southampton West||Michael Scott [PLP]||Michael Scott [PLP]|
The winning OBA candidates and constituencies were: #1 Kenneth Bascome, #2 Nandi Davis, #4 Suzann Roberts-Holshouser, #7 Sylvan Richards, #8 Cole Simons, #9 Trevor Moniz, #10 Michael Dunkley, #11 Bob Richards, #12 Craig Cannonier, #14 Glen Smith, #19 Jeanne Atherden, #20 Susan Jackson, #22 Dr Grant Gibbons, #23 Patricia Gordon-Pamplin, #25 Marc Pettingill, #27 R Wayne Scott, #28 Jeff Sousa, #30 Leah Scott, and #31 Shawn Crockwell.
The winning PLP candidates and constituencies were: #3 Lovitta Foggo, #5 Derrick Burgess, #6 Wayne Furbert, #13 Glenn Blakeney, #15 Walter Roban, #16 Michael Weeks, #17 Walton Brown, #18 David Burt, #21 Rolfe Commissiong, #24 Lawrence Scott, #26 Marc Bean, #29 Zane DeSilva, #32 Randy Horton, #33 Terry Lister, #34 Kim Wilson, #35 Dennis Lister and #36 Michael Scott.
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