Sandys South By-Election Set: November 18th

September 30, 2014

Governor George Fergusson issued a Writ giving notice that the Constituency #33 Sandys South by-election will be held on November 18th, with the Nomination day set for October 28th.

The by-election follows the resignation of Terry Lister, who announced on September 23rd that he will be retiring from politics. Mr. Lister — who has represented Sandys South since 1998 – served as a PLP MP before announcing his resignation from the PLP in 2013, stating that he will sit in the House as an Independent.

The full text of the Writ follows:

PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION ACT 1978
[SECTION 30]
NOTICE OF ISSUE OF WRIT FOR CONSTITUENCY 33
[SANDYS SOUTH] BYE-ELECTION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, in pursuance of the provisions of section 30 of the Parliamentary Election Act 1978, that on 29th September 2014 the Governor issued a writ of election for the election and return of one person as member of the House of Assembly for Constituency 33 (Sandys South).

  • Nomination day is 28 October 2014
  • Polling Day is 18 November 2014
  • The Election Room is Somers Isles Lodge

Neither the PLP or OBA has announced their candidate yet, however both parties can be expected to contest the by-election. With Mr. Lister having resigned in 2013 to sit as an Independent, the Sandys South seat was technically not being held by either party, so both can be expected to hope to pick up the seat.

The OBA won the 2012 General Election with 19 seats to the PLP’s 17, however when Mr. Lister resigned from the PLP last year it changed the breakdown in the House to 19 OBA, 16 PLP and 1 Independent.

Sandys South has a strong history of voting PLP for decades, having elected the PLP candidate[s] in the 2012, 2007, 2003. 1998, 1993, 1989, 1985, 1983, 1980, 1976, and 1972 General Elections.

The past election results for Sandys South follows below:

The 2012 General Election saw Terry Lister win 56.62% [516-397] of the vote against the OBA’s Toni Spring who received 43.48% of the vote.

The 2007 General Election saw Terry Lister win 60.96% [556-346] of the vote against the UBP’s Alvin Wilson who received 39.04% of the vote.

The 2003 General Election saw Terry Lister win 62.00% of the vote against the UBP’s Ted Gauntlett who received 38.00% of the vote.

The 1998 General Election saw the PLP’s Terry Lister and Walter Lister win with 1,304 and 1,285 votes – compared to 438 and 438 for the UBP’s Rita Grant and Ted Gauntlet.

The 1993 General Election saw the PLP’s Walter Lister and Walter Roberts win with 1,144 and 1,109 votes – compared to the 466 and 447 for the UBP’s Ralph Richardson and Ted Gauntlet.

The 1989 General Election saw the PLP’s Walter Lister and Walter Roberts win with 955 and 949 votes – compared to 411 and 428 for the UBP’s John Harvey and L. Scott, and 68 for the NLP’s Roseclair Evans.

The 1985 General Election saw the PLP’s Walter Lister and Walter Roberts win with 737 and 730 votes – compared to 486 and 489 for the UBP’s Lawrence Scott and John Harvey, and 84 for the NLP’s Rose Evans.

The 1983 General Election saw the PLP’s Walter Lister and Walter Roberts PLP win with 900 and 904 votes – compared to 579 and 602 for the UBP’s Kim Swan and John Harvey.

The 1980 General Election saw the PLP’s Walter Lister and Walter Roberts win with 873 and 892 votes – compared to 599 and 599 for the UBP’s Colin Pearman and Paul Leseur.

The 1976 General Election saw the PLP’s Walter Lister and Walter Roberts win with 744 and 771 votes – compared to 335 and 310 for the UBP’s Asquith Phillips and Marlene Butterfield.

The 1972 General Election saw the PLP’s Walter Roberts and Eugene Cox win with 677 and 668 votes – compared to 321 and 345 for the UBP’s Asquith Phillips and Junius Burrows.

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  1. Jeremy Deacon says:

    Cannot see this being anything other than a PLP win – but it the turnout may tell us something as will any increased majority for the PLP

  2. Lois Frederick says:

    Mid term I can see nothing other than a PLP win with a higher majority.

    • Impressive says:

      which makes the impact of Mr. Horton’s accepting the role as Speaker of the House even more significant..

  3. Me says:

    Well I haven’t seen or heard from anyone oba since the last election & I voted for the ga from oba. The only person who I heard from the entire time was mr lister who won for plp then heard from him again the whole time he was independent & he did things for the community. Let’s see who they have

    • hmmm says:

      That’s because Terry was your representative. As an independent he needed his work in that community to sustain him going into the next election. SO his focus would be on that.

  4. Conservative says:

    Please don’t run Makai or Ms Simmons

  5. serengeti says:

    In view of the fact that the PLP is boycotting Parliament for the foreseeable future, a vote for them is a vote wasted.

  6. me says:

    why rent a private property to hold the election..

    • edwin says:

      @ me, for your info the lodge has been used for many years, nothing new.

  7. Me says:

    Who’s running for the plp & oba?

  8. Coffee says:

    Thanking the constituents of #33 in advance for returning it to the rightful owners .

    • Onion says:

      See, that whole “rightful” thing is silly. A political party should earn its seats, not expect them.

  9. Voter says:

    Let’s hope the OBA pulls off an upset !