Opposition victory in Bermuda general elections


Premier-elect David Burt

HAMILTON, Bermuda — The opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP) was voted into office in a resounding victory over the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA)  in general elections last week..

The  PLP  won  24 seats in the House of Assembly and the OBA, 12.

The PLP got 20,059 votes, almost 59 per cent of the popular vote and 5,841 more votes than it received when it narrowly lost to the OBA in 2012.

The figure of 20,059 represents the highest number of votes obtained by a political party under the system of 36 single-seat constituencies, which has been in place since 2003. Previously, it was 16,800 votes, or 52.4 per cent of the popular vote, as won by the PLP in 2007

Burt. 38, leader of the  PLP, will be the youngest premier in the island’s history. With his technology background and fresh approach, he is perceived as understanding the business of the future.

“The Bermudian people have put their faith in a party that knows international investment is the key to economic prosperity and the Progressive Labour Party will provide the framework that such investment demands. Bermuda’s economy is now open for business,” the PLP said in a press statement.

Burt commented, “The victory for the PLP is a victory for the Bermudian people. We are open, ready and willing to work with any and all who support our pledge to put Bermudians first. This country is entering a new era; one of collaboration, advancement and prosperity.”