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  • People’s Democratic Movement(PDM) to form next Montserrat government

    12th September 2014

    ****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.

  • MONTSERRAT VOTES: Premier-elect Romeo thanks voters

    12th September 2014

    The Premier-elect of Montserrat Mr Donaldson Romeo early Friday morning appeared on national radio ZJB/Radio Montserrat to thank voters for practically guaranteeing that his party will form the British territory’s next government.

    donaldson romeo

    Mr Romeo spoke as the trend in the counting of the votes and ballots pointed to a clear and convincing victory for his Peoples Democratic Movement(PDM).
    The PDM leader appealed for a united Montserrat and reiterated his party’s slogan of putting people first in his incoming administration.
    He affirmed that they will stick to their manifesto pledges and commitments.
    “There is nothing in that manifesto that we cannot do. I expect us to do even more,” Montserrat’s soon-to-be second premier declared.

    (Interviewer: Chelston Lee)

  • MONTSERRAT ELECTIONS 2014: Update – AM – Friday 12th September

    12th September 2014

    ****Breaking News: Meade concedes***

    Hon. Premier Reuben T. Meade

    Hon. Premier Reuben T. Meade

    Leader of the Movement for Change and Prosperity(MCAP) Reuben T Meade, Premier of Montserrat, early this morning appeared on national radio ZJB/Radio Montserrat to offer congratulations to the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) and its leader Donaldson Romeo.
    As the ongoing counting trend is indicating, the PDM under Mr Romeo, seems headed for a clear victory from Thursday’s general election.

    Listen to Mr Meade as he appeared live on ZJB/Radio Montserrat in the early pre-dawn hours of Friday morning during the coverage of the vote and ballot counting and analysis of the polls and election campaign.

  • MONTSERRAT ELECTIONS 2014: Live counting of the ballots and analysis

    12th September 2014

    MONTSERRAT ELECTIONS 2014: Live counting of the ballots and analysis

    Now happening on ZJB/Radio Montserrat, live streaming of the vote count and analysis from today’s general election in Montserrat.
    To access the live coverage:
    Via video: Go to the embedded screen below. If the video stream doesn’t start immediately, click on the triangular button in the centre of the embedded TV screen.
    For live radio: Go to www.zjb.ms and click on the ‘listen to us’ tabs and buttons on the site.
    To track the updated vote count per candidate: Go to the link for the Montserrat Elections Commission: http://www.elections.ms/

  • ZJB Evening News – Election Day – Thursday September 11th 2014

    11th September 2014

    MONTSERRAT VOTES! 6pm Update – Election Day – Thursday September 11th 2014

    Voters in Montserrat were today casting ballots to elect a new Legislative Assembly – and government.

    Polls which opened at 7am, closed at 6pm.

    Thirty-one candidates spread across two political parties, one group of independents and a number of stand-alone candidates, are vying for the nine seats in the British dependency’s Legislative Assembly.

    A total of 3,878 persons were registered to vote with each person able to vote for all of the nine candidates on the ballot paper.

    Vote counting was due to start about an hour or thereabouts after the polls closed with a result expected by midnight.

    Live coverage of the outcome of today’s poll can be followed online on ZJB/Radio Montserrat – http://www.zjb.gov.ms – via the ‘listen to us’ button and tabs as well as on the embedded screen on the site.

    (Apologies for the background music within the first minute of the edited newscast)

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