Opposition Reverses 2014 Loss, Wins in Montserrat

Author  Edited from CMC

BRADES, Montserrat– The main Opposition Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP) last  month won the general elections in Montserrat, a reversal of its 2014 electoral defeat in the British Overseas Territory (BOT).

Taylor Farrell Easton3“Taylor-Farrell, Easton”Outgoing Premier Donaldson Romeo, who had been ousted as leader of the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) weeks before the polls, was the only successful independent candidate in the elections, according to preliminary results issued early Nov. 19.

The MCAP, which is led by former Agriculture Minister Easton Taylor-Farrell, won five of the nine seats in the Legislative Assembly, while the PDM headed by the outgoing Communications, Works, Energy and Labor Minister Paul Lewis, won three seats.

VOTE COUNT

With 95 percent of the votes counted up to press time, MCAP’s Crenston Buffonge led all 35 candidates in the elections, receiving 1,311 votes, ahead of Lewis (1,195) and Taylor-Farrell (1,149) votes in the island’s post-volcano single-constituency, nine votes-per-person system. Romeo had polled 1,009 votes so far.

Among the casualties of the election was the  former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Shirley Osborne. She was one of two children of the late former Premier John Osborne who contested the elections. David Osborne, the other child, was a successful for the PNM, receiving 908 votes.

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