****MONTSERRAT GENERAL ELECTION 2014****
The Final Countdown
Brades, Montserrat, Friday September 12th 2014
Montserrat is to get a new government.
The People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) under the leadership of Donaldson Romeo is to form the next government of Montserrat.
The new party scored a resounding victory in the general election held yesterday, Thursday September 11th, taking control of the island’s Legislative Assembly and government.
Mr Romeo, the former opposition leader who sat as an independent in the last Legislative Assembly, was expected to be sworn in by midday local time today.
His PDM team, formed to contest the election, trounced the former ruling Movement for Change and Prosperity(MCAP) of Reuben T Meade by securing an unassailable seven of the nine seats.
Preliminary voting statistics released by the Montserrat Election Commission show the PDM dominating the election with 50.1 per cent of the votes to MCAP’s 35.3 per cent.
Each voter on Montserrat can vote for all candidates on the ballot paper in the island’s single-constituency system.
Updated figures from the Election Commission show that there were 3,866 registered voters for this election.
Of that 2,750 exercised their mandate, a turnout of 71 per cent.
The population of Montserrat, according to recent estimates, is approximately 5,189, about half the total before the Soufriere Hills volcano started erupting in 1995. (Since 2010 the volcano has not had an eruptive phase).
In all 31 candidates competed for the nine Legislative Assembly seats with the only two fully constituted parties, PDM and MCAP fielding a full slate.
A newly-formed three-candidate group called the Alliance of Independent Candidates (AIC) led by former chief minister Dr Lowell Lewis polled 4.1 per cent.
The ten other candidates ran as stand-alone independents and collectively garnered 10.4 per cent of the votes cast.
Full details of the voting statistics can be found at http://www.elections.ms/
Today Friday September 12th has been declared a public holiday in Montserrat.