Southampton East

Make text smaller Make text larger

After soundly defeating One Bermuda Alliance candidate Jon Brunson, an ebullient Zane DeSilva emerged from the Southampton East polling station at Warwick Camp tonight

to discover that the leader of his party, Paula Cox, had just lost her seat in Devonshire North West.

The former Member of Parliament for Southampton East Central and former Minister of Health, who garnered 554 votes to Mr. Brunson’s 234, was visibly shaken when told of Ms Cox’s defeat.

“Paula was a great leader. She did her job and did it well. This is shocking news.”

Mr. DeSilva dismissed suggestions that he might be in line for the position of premier as “always a rumour”.

Mr. Brunson called Ms. Cox’s ouster “great news for the OBA and a devastating blow for the PLP. This really speaks to the fact that the people of Bermuda are looking for change.”

The former United Bermuda Party MP expressed disappointment at receiving just 29 percent of the vote and regretted that he hadn’t had more time to canvass in Constituency 29.

“I was fighting a bit of an uphill battle to see everyone before Election Day,” said Mr. Brunson. “I didn’t declare my candidacy until 33 days ago but I had to think this through as it’s a big commitment, one that’s not to be taken lightly.

“But learning about Paula Cox’s defeat makes my loss more palatable and makes me want to fighter even harder for the OBA.”

Mr. DeSilva, who ran for the first time in Southampton East after boundary lines were redrawn, credited his win to the hard work of his team.

“I am thankful to my supporters and pledge that I’ll continue to work on their behalf,” said the 53 year-old president of Island Construction. “Everyone knows I’ve been nicknamed the Energizer Bunny and if I remain a government minister, I will always be accessible and meet with anyone, any time to get the job done.”

There were seven rejected ballots, two spoiled ballots, with 795 votes cast.


Zane DeSilva 554

Jon Brunson 234

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 2:13 am)

Southampton East

What you
Need to
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

    • "Who is the greatest basketball player of all time?"
    • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    • 4%
    • Larry Bird
    • 49%
    • Wilt Chamberlain
    • 2%
    • LeBron James
    • 6%
    • Earvin 'Magic' Johnson
    • 4%
    • Michael Jordan
    • 33%
    • Bill Russell
    • 2%
    • Total Votes: 6080
    • Poll Archive

    Today's Obituaries