Burt vs Butterfield: No Result Again

October 13, 2011

burt nelethaLast night [Oct.12] the PLP held a second candidate selection meeting for Constituency #18 Pembroke West Central, which saw Senator David Burt challenge the incumbent Minister Neletha Butterfield – and resulted in a tie.

A PLP spokesperson said, “The selection meeting in Constituency 18, Pembroke West Central, produced no winner as Minister Neletha Butterfield and Senator David Burt received an equal amount of votes. At this time, therefore, a candidate has not been selected.”

The first candidate selection meeting for Pembroke West Central ended in controversy last month.

The meeting was held on September 22nd, and although it initially appeared Minister Butterfield had won, hours later the PLP released a statement saying, β€œAt this time, there is no certified result that can be released by the Party.”

While official sources declined to release the numbers, it is understood the vote ended 35-34, in favour of Minister Butterfield, with one ballot said to be spoiled. It is understood after the votes were tallied, confusion arose about whether someone who voted was underage and an appeal against the initial count was launched.

Minister Butterfield has represented Pembroke West Central in the House of Assembly since 1998, previously serving as an opposition senator from 1993 – 1998. Senator Burt, 32, is a former party chairman who was appointed to the Senate last year.

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  1. navin johnson says:

    The Colonel won…..

  2. Candidates says:

    I notice the PLP process has been very public and they have kept the public informed. The OBA have only rolled out 2 candidates and they haven’t been seen since. Where are their candidates?

    • 32n64w says:

      Ask the Premier. She has yet to call an election.

      • Candidates says:

        if the OBA waits for an election to be called to unveil their candidates they will be making a grave mistake.

    • 1minute says:

      Has an election been called?

    • Death to party politics says:

      Good question.

    • navin johnson says:

      Why should it matter…Burch draws a handful of votes in Southampton and The Central Committee who are determined to see him in office somewhere push him through in Warwick…The Central Committe cannot decide who they want in #18 so they keep having ties until they decide. Does the Colonel count as 2 candidates since he got dumped up southampton not in warwick…party politics the most divisive issue in Bermuda next to Burch of course..Jinx for Premier

  3. goppleboy says:

    Why can’t that boy (Burt)wailt his turn….run somewhere else he just like the bank robber boy)are a brunch of wannabees!

    • FYI-- umjussaying says:

      @goppleboy– Your comment is about as useful as an unsharpened pencil with no eraser on it!! Why should Sen. Burt wait his turn?

      With all due respect, Ms. Butterfield has served her part and added much value to the community. However, Ms. Butterfield along with several other long-serving Politicians in both parties offer nothing but the same rhetoric and stagnancy in today’s current political climate.

      In her capacity as Minister, what siginificant or prevalent projects have prevailed or have been deemed successful? Whilst Ms. Butterfield’s political appointment has more to do with her community affiliation it has less to do with her sound knowledge of being able to repeal and amend legislation and ensuring programmes are in place to better serve Bermuda.

      At least with Burt, he is focusing on future generations and how to excel in the current economic climate.

      • MinorMatters says:

        Indeed, the honourable thing for the Honourable Ms. Butterfield to do is to step aside and allow an articulate, bright and energetic individual to add value as a fully paid Parliamentarian.

        • smh says:

          UMM NO,.

        • smh says:

          UMM NO,.

          When Somerset and St. George’s tie, the original winner keeps the cup. In this case, the Premier needs to step up and keep the incumbent. That is the correct thing to do.

          • MinorMatters says:

            I said that would be the honourable thing to do. Let’s not waste any more of the Premier’s precious time (at conferences) to deal with this matter.

      • PEPPER says:

        fyi… I agree with you ,Neletha looks and sounds tired all the time… David Burt is young and full of energy…. these are the young bloods that we need…
        Davis Burch,is also a has been who needs to hang up his boots …we have enough of your old ideas…..I hope the Premier is paying attention…

      • Watching! says:

        Well she managed tom secure front row seats in church! That must count for something.

  4. sandgrownan says:

    Two dung beetles fighting over a turd.

    • Kim Smith says:

      @sandrownan You may be feeling as frustrated as I am but this is a completely disrespectful and useless comment.

      • Vote for Me says:

        Thanks Kim – I was beginning to think I was the only one concerned about our general lack of respect for one another. Irrespective of our personal opinions, we are referring to 2 of our Parliamentarians and should act with a modicom of respect. Note that children read these posts also and the adults? who write these posts are not setting a good example.

  5. Get Real says:

    How can one offer oneself as a public figure in a constituency, yet have great difficulty recognizing and acknowledging family members? It all about power and money…nothin’ to do with community service (at least that’s the case for one particular candidate).

  6. I'm Amazed says:

    At this point the Premier needs to take a stand – make the call and retain the incumbent.

  7. letshaveit says:

    So now what?

  8. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Butterfield hangin’ on to her paycheck!

  9. Greenhouse says:

    just like cup match no winner?????

  10. Min. Butterfield please do honourable thing and resign and make way for the next generation

    • Rockfish#1 says:

      That will not happen!!
      Where else can she earn a similar pay cheque for doing so little? Not to mention all the perks.

  11. Underwriter says:

    the risk of a low frequency, high severity PLP victory is upon us. butterfield go down jamaica to hang out you know u dont want to do no more work round here

    • Truth (Original) says:

      I would expect a better vocabulary and a more constructive comment from an Underwriter.

  12. Red Flag says:

    Lol most of these post are foolish some of you need to get a life. By the way both Burch and Burt are MEN the only boy is you ya racist pig. Still don’t see a black as a Man do you?

  13. Red Flag says:

    Correction Burt and Rolf