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PDM leader demands recount in TCI after losing seat

| 11/11/2012 | 20 Comments

oswald-skippings.jpg(CNS):  Updated – Election officials in the Turks and Caicos Islands undertook  a recount on the five all-islands seats at the request of the leader of the PDM after he failed to win a seat. The election result, which has produced a marginal win for the PNP, the party ousted from office when the British took over the territory in 2009, was declared Monday. In the district elections the PNP took six of the ten seats, with the PDM taking four. Meanwhile, in the critical all-island vote the PNP took another two, giving them a marginal overall victory. However, the PDM is facing the unusual situation of being marginally pipped from office while their leader has failed to get close to his seat.

Skipping’s demand for a recount made no difference in terms of the victor and saw the PDM leader moved from eighth to seventh and still outside the top five.

The fifth and final all islands seat went to Josephine Connolly (PDM) with 3057 votes while Skippings trailed Carolos Simons from the PNP, who came in sixth place with 2,945, compared to Skippings' 2902 votes.

Rufus Ewing, the new PNP leader, was elected in second place in the all-Island vote. Several members of Michael Misick’s family (the former party leader who is currently in exile in the Dominican Republic) also won seats in both of the votes, including his brother, Washington.

Election observers declared the election fair and transparent and the newly elected members are expected to sit in the TCI parliament next week.

 

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