Disappointment for the independents

Make text smaller Make text larger

  • The most successful independent candidate was former UBP MP Kim Swan, pictured with daughter Zindzi Swan outside the polling station for the St George’s West constituency. Mr Swan won 23 percent of the vote. However, none of the 15 independent candidates in yesterday’s election won election.

    The most successful independent candidate was former UBP MP Kim Swan, pictured with daughter Zindzi Swan outside the polling station for the St George’s West constituency. Mr Swan won 23 percent of the vote. However, none of the 15 independent candidates in yesterday’s election won election.

  • Independent candidate Phil Perinchief was relatively successful attracting ten percent of the vote in Pembroke West Central.

    Independent candidate Phil Perinchief was relatively successful attracting ten percent of the vote in Pembroke West Central.


Yesterday’s general election had 15 independent candidates — the highest number since the advent of party politics 50 years ago.

However, the poll led to disappointment for all of them, including former United Bermuda Party members Kim and Charlie Swan.

Only four of the independents won more than five percent of the vote in their constituency.

The most successful was Kim Swan, the former leader of the UBP, who stood as an independent after that party collapsed. He won 23 percent of the vote in St George’s West but was soundly beaten by Nandi Davis of the One Bermuda Alliance, who won 39 percent of the vote and Renee Anderson-Ming of the Progressive Labour Party with 38 percent.

Other relatively successful candidates were former PLP member and Attorney General Phil Perinchief, who scored ten percent of the vote in Pembroke West Central.

Mr Swan’s fellow former United Bermuda Party colleague Charles Swan won nine percent of the vote in Southampton West Central, and Cornell Fubler of the new group Restore Bermuda won six percent in St George’s North.

Behind them were David Tavares in Smith’s South and Tillman Darrell in Pembroke South East, both of whom scored five percent.

The rest of the candidates gained a smaller percentage of the votes.

There had been much pre-election speculation that wins by key independents — such as Kim and Charlie Swan — could cost the One Bermuda Alliance seats and hold the key to a balance of power if the two parties were neck and neck in the poll.

While that turned out not to be the case, the independent candidates still cited the key role they believe they played in yesterday’s political race.

Mr Fubler said that during his campaigning, he found that “my message for change has had an overwhelming welcome." Speaking ahead of the result, he was not sure that his campaign would translate to votes, but said that even if he lost, Restore Bermuda would continue its efforts for reform.

He said: “I believe folks have become tired of the rhetoric and the empty promises. They've become tired of someone saying they are 'this' when the reality is they're not. I, too, am tired of the polarisation and rhetoric and that's why I decided to put myself forward.

"I realised that, if I had to go to the polls, I couldn't ever vote for either of the two main parties. And as I dug deeper and thought about it more, I realised that there are many people out there who were facing the exact same predicament.”

LeYoni Junos, who scored less than one percent of the vote in Pembroke South East, feels independents should continue to fight for a voice in the political process.

She believes it is time for Bermuda to have more MPs who can truly speak their minds and not be bound by party politics. However, she complained that people feel scared to vote independent due to pressure from those who say it is a wasted vote — such as the editor of this newspaper who wrote such an opinion column last week.

“If people are fearful to vote, that their vote is going to be wasted, that’s what will hold them back,” she said.

"We need a new political currency. I see the two parties as just being opposite sides of the same coin. Their MPs are under a party whip and cannot speak their conscience.”

Ms Junos said of her defeat: “To me, it’s indicative of the party system. If I had been the PLP candidate, I would have been victorious because people vote along party lines.”

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published Dec 18, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated Dec 18, 2012 at 2:56 am)

Disappointment for the independents

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

Take Our Poll

  • Which of the following best describes your opinion on how Senior Civil Servant job positions should be granted?
  • Senior civil servants should be appointed on a temporary contract renewable basis.
  • 74%
  • Senior civil servants should continue to be appointed on a permanent basis
  • 18%
  • Don't Know
  • 8%
  • Total Votes: 2155
  • Poll Archive

Today's Obituaries

View all Obituaries Place an obituary

Facebook Activity