PRINCIPAL ELMORE STOUTT
Tuesday, September 6
– Supervisor of Elections Ms. Juliette Penn today declared National Democratic
Party candidate Mr. Elmore Stoutt winner of the Territorial by-elections held
Out of 4,946
votes cast, Mr. Stoutt gained a total of 2,570. Virgin Islands Party candidate
Mr. Vernon Malone received 2,167 votes; the United Party’s Mr. Conrad Maduro,
144; and independent candidate Mr. Richard DeCastro, 19.
people named on the final voters list, it meant that voter turnout was
approximately 48.85 percent.
announcement followed an all-night counting process which got underway at just
after 8:00 last evening and ended at around 8:00 a.m. Returning Officer Mrs.
Antoinette Skelton conducted the entire counting procedure.
Excellency Governor Thomas Macan, who observed part of the counting process and
was present when the announcement was made, said he was pleased with the
peaceful manner in which the elections were conducted.
Macan noted that while the voter turnout was not as high as anticipated, the
elections nevertheless gave the people of the BVI a chance to have their say in
democratically electing a representative.
Territorial by-elections became necessary
following the passing of Minister for Communications and Works and Territorial
Member Honourable Paul P. Wattley, who died on
July 6 at age 59 at Peebles Hospital.
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