Election Day is here and thousands of votes across the Turks and Caicos Islands are being counted.
This day has been both dreaded and anticipated by the public. Some attribute this to the zeal of the opposition and their supporters for the election date to be set. Others are just anxious to hear about who will lead the upcoming administration. Despite a date being announced, our friend COVID-19 (better known as ‘The Rona’) almost pushed Election Day to further postponement.
All in all, this 2021 election season has been particularly historic with many firsts.
This candidate cohort has seen a large number of independent candidates being wholeheartedly supported by the public. Some believe this is an indication of a shift from party loyalty the TCI is known for, however this is all speculation and will be proven at the polls.
With over 8,500 people registered to vote according to the 2020 voters’ list, this has been the largest voter registry turnout. Hopefully, this higher number of registered voters also translates to a high voter turnout, unlike the 2016 election, where the general voter turnout had amassed to just 80.41%.
As far as predictions go, political buffs believe that the ED4 district affectionately known as the Twin Islands, determines the direction of the entire election’s outcome. In 2016, the Twin Islands drew in the largest district voter turnout at 89.04%. If this prediction is correct, and the turnout remains this high, we will learn early on what the outcome of this election will be.
We know you may be anxious, but it is against the law to purchase alcohol on Election Day. So fellow voters, be sure to brew some fever-grass to keep your wits about you while you wait.
Here are the 2021 General Election results:
The Progressive National Party has secured all five of the available All-Island District seats.
(PNP) Charles Missick – 3594 Votes
(PNP) Erwin Jay Saunders – 3478 Votes
(PNP) Josephine Connolly – 3464 Votes
(PNP) Jamell Robinson – 3418 Votes
(PNP) Shaun Malcolm – 3157 Votes
Remaining All-Island District Results
List of 2016 All-Island District Winners
ED1 Grand Turk North
Winner: (PNP) Otis ‘Chuck’ Morris – 362 Votes
Opponent: (PDM) Temard Butterfield – 244 Votes
2016 Winner: (PNP) George Lightbourne
ED2 Grand Turk South
Winner: (PDM) Edwin Astwood – 414 Votes
Opponent: (PNP) Leshun Missick – 297 Votes
2016 Winner: (PDM) Edwin Astwood
ED3 South Caicos
Winner: (PNP) Rev. John Malcolm – 190 Votes
Opponent: (PDM) Patrease Thomas – 109 Votes
2016 Winner: (PNP) Ruth Blackman
ED4 North & Middle Caicos
Winner: (PNP) Arlington ‘Chuck’ Musgrove – 293 Votes
Opponent: (PDM) Ralph Higgs – 220 Votes
2016 Winner: (PDM) Ralph Higgs
ED5 Leeward & Long Bay
Winner: (PNP) Akierra Missick – 460 Votes
Opponent: (PDM) Gertrude Saunders-Forbes – 249 Votes
2016 Winner: (PNP) Akierra Missick
ED6 The Bight
Winner: (PNP) Matthew Jay Stubbs – 367 Votes
Opponent: (PDM) Audric Skippings – 299 Votes
2016 Winner: (PNP) Porsha Stubbs
ED7 Cheshire Hall & Richmond Hill
Winner: (PNP) Samuel ‘Sammy’ Been – 487 Votes
Opponent: (PDM) Douglas Parnell – 411 Votes
2016 Winner: (PDM) Douglas Parnell
ED8 Blue Hills
Winner: (PNP) Randy Howell – 333 Votes
Opponent: (PDM) Goldray Ewing – 318 Votes
2016 Winner: (PDM) Goldray Ewing
ED9 Five Cays
Winner: (PNP) Rachel Taylor – 510 Votes
Opponent: (PDM) Sean Astwood – 359 Votes
2016 Winner: (PDM) Sean Astwood
ED10 Wheeland & West Caicos
Winner: (PNP) Kyle Knowles – 273 Votes
Opponent: (PDM) Vaden Delroy Williams – 270 Votes
2016 Winner: (PDM) Vaden Delroy Williams
Source: TCI Elections Office