Turks And Caicos To Hold Election Tomorrow

November 8, 2012

Three years after Britain suspended the government and took control of the Turks and Caicos Islands, voters are heading to the polls on Friday [Nov 9] to elect a new government.

37 candidates had been nominated to contest the elections with the Progressive National Party [PNP] and the People’s Democratic Movement [PDM] each nominating 15 candidates, while the People’s Progressive Party [PPP] will be represented by five candidates, and there are two independents in the race.

Britain is handing back power after taking over due to widespread government corruption. In 2009 the TCI Governor, on the instructions of the UK Foreign Office, imposed direct rule on the Turks and Caicos Islands and the island’s administration was suspended and power was transferred to the UK-appointed Governor.

That was the second time Britain imposed direct rule on the island. In 1986, Britain stepped in after the chief minister was convicted and jailed in Miami on cocaine-related charges.

TCI Governor Ric Todd said: “This week marks the start of a much heralded and long anticipated new chapter in the history of the Turks and Caicos Islands. I am very much looking forward to the elections on Friday and appointing both the new Premier and the Leader of the Opposition early next week, dependent, of course, on the electoral arithmetic from Friday’s poll.”

International arrest warrants and Interpol notices remain outstanding for former Premier Michael Misick.

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  1. Really? says:

    Why cant this happen in Bermuda??? start a fresh? all people who were Politicians before this date will never be able to run again… they have had their chance and failed

  2. Kathy says:

    Misick is a very corrupt name in the TCI. I wish them well at the polls. If you can’t run yourselves, someone else will run you over and over again! Get it together TCI!!!

  3. Y-Gurl says:

    Is Ewart running?