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PLP candidate Kingsley Smith wins West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election

Victorious PLP candidate Kingsley Smith. Photo: Vandyke Hepburn

Victorious PLP candidate Kingsley Smith. Photo: Vandyke Hepburn

ROUND UP: PLP candidate Kingsley Smith has won the West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election. In the unofficial vote total, Mr Smith finished with 2,150 ahead of the FNM's Bishop Ricardo Grant with 1,276, Coalition of Independents leader Lincoln Bain with 307, DaQuan Swain, Independent, with 28 and Terneille Burrows, Independent, with four. Don't miss Thursday's Tribune with all the news and reaction from the day's events.

9.00pm UPDATE: Scenes fron the PLP headquarters tonight after the by-election victory. Photos: Dante Carrer

8.30pm UPDATE: UNOFFICIAL TOTALS

Lincoln Bain, Coalition of Independents, 307

Bishop Ricardo Grant, FNM, 1,276

DaQuan Swain, Independent, 28

Terneille Burrows, Independent, 4

Kingsley Smith, PLP, 2,150

8.15pm UPDATE: By-Election results – Polling Division 1:

Lincoln Bain, Coalition of Independents, 14

Bishop Ricardo Grant, FNM, 37

DaQuan Swain, Independent, 1

Terneille Burrows, Independent, 0

Kingsley Smith, PLP, 198


By-Election results – Polling Division 9:

Lincoln Bain, Coalition of Independents, 2

Bishop Ricardo Grant, FNM, 123

DaQuan Swain, Independent, 0

Terneille Burrows, Independent, 0

Kingsley Smith, PLP, 161

8.10pm UPDATE: Prime Minister Philip 'Brave' Davis, speaking at PLP HQ, says: “We wanted to win to honour the memory of Obie” and he congratulates Kingsley Smith “on a job well done”.

8.05pm UPDATE: By-Election results – Polling Division 5A:

Lincoln Bain, Coalition of Independents, 18

Bishop Ricardo Grant, FNM, 54

DaQuan Swain, Independent, 0

Terneille Burrows, Independent, 1

Kingsley Smith, PLP, 114

7.55pm: Prime Minister Philip 'Brave' Davis and Economic Affairs Minister Michael Halkitis at the PLP headquarters – after PLP candidate Kingsley Smith was declared the winner of the West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election. Photo: Dante Carrer

By-Election results – Polling Division 3:

Lincoln Bain, Coalition of Independents, 11

Bishop Ricardo Grant, FNM, 50

DaQuan Swain, Independent, 2

Terneille Burrows, Independent, 0

Kingsley Smith, PLP, 188

7.50pm UPDATE: The PLP's Kingsley Smith has been declared the winner, but results from individual polling divisions are still coming in:

By-Election results – Polling Division 2:

Lincoln Bain, Coalition of Independents, 13

Bishop Ricardo Grant, FNM, 151

DaQuan Swain, Independent, 0

Terneille Burrows, Independent, 0

Kingsley Smith, PLP, 268

7.40pm: PLP candidate Kingsley Smith has been declared the winner of the West Grand Bahama and Bimini by-election.

7.30pm UPDATE: By-Election results – Polling Division 11A:

Lincoln Bain, Coalition of Independents, 8

Bishop Ricardo Grant, FNM, 79

DaQuan Swain, Independent, 0

Terneille Burrows, Independent, 0

Kingsley Smith, PLP, 75

7.20pm UPDATE: By-Election results – Polling Division 4A:

Lincoln Bain, Coalition of Independents, 26

Bishop Ricardo Grant, FNM, 61

DaQuan Swain, Independent, 1

Terneille Burrows, Independent, 0

Kingsley Smith, PLP, 69


By-Election results – Polling Division 11:

Lincoln Bain, Coalition of Independents, 7

Bishop Ricardo Grant, FNM, 75

DaQuan Swain, Independent, 1

Terneille Burrows, Independent, 0

Kingsley Smith, PLP, 82


By-Election results – Polling Division 13:

Lincoln Bain, Coalition of Independents, 26

Bishop Ricardo Grant, FNM, 74

DaQuan Swain, Independent, 3

Terneille Burrows, Independent, 1

Kingsley Smith, PLP, 101

7.10pm UPDATE: By-Election results – Polling Division 7:

Lincoln Bain, Coalition of Independents, 33

Bishop Ricardo Grant, FNM, 73

DaQuan Swain, Independent, 4

Terneille Burrows, Independent, 0

Kingsley Smith, PLP, 123


By-Election results – Polling Division 8:

Lincoln Bain, Coalition of Independents, 16

Bishop Ricardo Grant, FNM, 67

DaQuan Swain, Independent, 0

Terneille Burrows, Independent, 0

Kingsley Smith, PLP, 129

7.00pm UPDATE: By-Election results – Polling Division 6:

Lincoln Bain, Coalition of Independents, 32

Bishop Ricardo Grant, FNM, 49

DaQuan Swain, Independent, 3

Terneille Burrows, Independent, 0

Kingsley Smith, PLP, 128

6.55pm UPDATE: By-Election results – Polling Division 5:

Lincoln Bain, Coalition of Independents, 14

Bishop Ricardo Grant, FNM, 41

DaQuan Swain, Independent, 0

Terneille Burrows, Independent, 1

Kingsley Smith, PLP, 70


By-Election results – Polling Division 12:

Lincoln Bain, Coalition of Independents, 14

Bishop Ricardo Grant, FNM, 118

DaQuan Swain, Independent, 4

Terneille Burrows, Independent, 0

Kingsley Smith, PLP, 116

6.50pm UDPATE: By-Election results – Polling Division 14:

Lincoln Bain, Coalition of Independents, 44

Bishop Ricardo Grant, FNM, 97

DaQuan Swain, Independent, 4

Terneille Burrows, Independent, 0

Kingsley Smith, PLP, 111

6.50pm UPDATE: By-Election results – Polling Division 8A:

Lincoln Bain, Coalition of Independents, 3

Bishop Ricardo Grant, FNM, 17

DaQuan Swain, Independent, 1

Terneille Burrows, Independent, 1

Kingsley Smith, PLP, 26

6.40pm UPDATE: Results are coming in. From Polling Division No.4:

Lincoln Bain, Coalition of Independents, 22

Bishop Ricardo Grant, FNM, 40

DaQuan Swain, Independent, 4

Terneille Burrows, Independent, 0

Kingsley Smith, PLP, 68

3.00pm UPDATE: Voter says, ‘I’m out here to put my vote in for who I feel can do a better job’.

12.10pm UPDATE: By-election day tensions on show as members of different parties argue at Holmes Rock.

11.30am UPDATE: 'We are all Bahamians at the end of the day' – Independent candidate Terneille Burrows.

11.20am UPDATE: ‘We’ve worked hard for the past three weeks’ – PLP candidate Kingsley Smith speaking to The Tribune this morning.

10.55am UPDATE: 'We're feeling great' – FNM candidate Bishop Ricardo Grant speaking this morning.

10.50am UPDATE: FNM Leader Michael Pintard speaking this morning:

10.20am UPDATE: The Parliamentary Registration Department said the voting process in today’s by-election is proceeding satisfactorily and that all laws are being followed. 

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Lincoln Bain. (File photo)

This comes after Coalition of Independents leader Lincoln Bain, who is also a candidate in the race, expressed concern about the process, claiming that not enough agents have been allowed in the voting rooms. 

“So far, we’ve had several issues in terms of what the law supposed to be. One of them is that you’re supposed to have three agents for each candidate in each of these polls and they were restricting persons,” Mr Bain said in an interview with Eyewitness News. 

“They were allowing one agent in there - you’ve already broken the law and then they were saying only two agents will be in there for the election and so I have had to go to several polls already to let the presiding officer know that that is not the law.” 

He also claimed that over 300 ballots were sent to Cat Cay “when it should only be 80.” 

In a statement released this morning, the department said the voting process is proceeding satisfactorily with all relevant laws being followed.

“As always, the parliamentary registration department remains committed to its mission: to afford every eligible Bahamian the opportunity to be registered and to vote in free and fair elections, and to guarantee every eligible citizen equal rights and access to the electoral system in determining who should govern the country,” the statement added.  

10.00am UPDATE: Videos from Grand Bahama this morning ahead of the by-election:

TODAY'S LEAD STORY: The by-election in West Grand Bahama and Bimini today will test support for the governing Progressive Liberal Party, which is fighting to maintain a seat it won comfortably in 2021 and has held all but twice since 1972 – read the full article HERE

Comments

TalRussell 3 months ago

Comrades, truly the picture photo-op, seems to give the appearance that the more a policeman appears to be straining at lifting a Ballot drop box is when hernia can emerge --- The greater the load ---- Fuels the rectum tissue to weaken and even tear. --- Tis a 'standby' of having to wait-and-see 'till after the voters count, will a rectum's examination medical certificate be called for? --- Just can't make this up! --- Yes?

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birdiestrachan 3 months ago

It was a good show especially by the women with all the horsey hair

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The_Oracle 3 months ago

Neither party has ever done anything for west end, not sure why their getting excited for one or the other!

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Sickened 3 months ago

Agreed. The constituency would probably run smoother and be more attractive if there was no representation. If it wasn't for foreign ideas and investment the whole area would be a shanty town. Government just sits back and waits for foreigners to come in with an idea and then they hit the foreigners up for cash.

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sheeprunner12 3 months ago

The gullible people already took the money in the Tshirts, rum, chicken, dope & appliances etc ......... Now it is time to pay the Piper.

This is a vicious cycle of political exploitation.

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ted4bz 3 months ago

An exploitation of the ignorance that the people portray and allow to exist so openly.

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birdiestrachan 3 months ago

I do not know Mr Smith I asked about him the person said he worked at Btc when he received his redundancy money he went to school snd became a lawyer They said he is a good person he appears so. He will do well

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birdiestrachan 3 months ago

Mr Smith did not make the headlines. But it is OK them people so shame. But what can they do. The touch out

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ted4bz 3 months ago

The people want only the PLP and the F&M, there is no question about it.

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hrysippus 3 months ago

I am slightly shocked that 2 voters thought that Lincoln would make a good MP to represent them....LOL.

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John 3 months ago

This Election proves that what Bahamian politicians can’t steal from Bahamian people, they are willing to buy, regardless of the price. AND WITH THE PEOPLE’S MONEY!! The PLP May count this as a win but behind the scenes many hairs have turned gray. The Top Brass of the PLP ( and also the FNM) knows a lot of work has to be done in three years before the general elections. Lincoln Bain and Ternielle Burrows showed the most consistency across the polls. Burrows being totally rejected and Lincoln Bain shows that some of the people he reached out to him supported him but he didn’t have the money in the T Shirts or the public treasury or civil servants to work with. So will West Grand Bahama see the 1/2 BILLION in promises made by the government delivered, or will residents of that constituency be standing in line, like many other Bahamians to vote them out!

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John 3 months ago

Tenielle Burrows knows the reason for her outright rejection at the polls so she may as well hang up her boxing gloves. Bahamians have enough conflict and confusion to deal with and they just ain’t ready to embrace to much of the chosen alternative. Like the same sex marriage bill and the marital rape law Bahamians have demonstrated time and again, they just ain’t ready for that yet!

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