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E. David Burt & PLP crush opponents in Bermuda elections

The British Overseas Territory of Bermuda held its general elections yesterday, October 1, 2020, and saw Premier E. David Burt and his Progressive Labour Party (PLP) crush the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA), winning 30 seats to just six for their opponents.

According to the Royal Gazette, the ruling party gained five seats earlier held by the OBA and won more than 60 per cent of the total vote, in even more of a landslide than their momentous win three years ago.

Notably retaining his seat was the Representative for Devonshire East, Mr Thomas Christopher Famous, who has strong roots in the Virgin Islands.

Premier Burt told supporters that now was the time for the country to unite and that he planned to “reach out to all Bermudians, but especially those who did not support us”.

‘Difficult road ahead’- Premier Burt

Mr Burt said: “We have an incredibly difficult road ahead for this country and it is going to require us all to work together, whether we be Government, Opposition, business, unions and citizens.

“I now say that it is time for us to put aside our red, our yellow and our green — our historical divisions — and come together as one people, one Bermuda, to recover our economy and to build a more inclusive economy that benefits all.”

The Premier added: “I pledge to you today that this PLP government will not take this significant margin in the House of Assembly for granted.”

Low voter turnout

According to the Royal Gazette, more than 44 per cent of the electorate did not vote.

Of 42,638 people eligible to vote, only 25,763 or 60 per cent cast a ballot — one of the lowest election turnouts the island has seen and a decrease of almost 25 per cent compared with 2017, when 34,065 voted.

The dismal numbers resulted in the PLP and OBA getting 4,061 and 5,523 fewer votes respectively than in 2017.


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