St George’s North
She led the Progressive Labour Party to its first ever election victory in 1998, but last night Dame Jennifer Smith’s 40-year political career appeared to be over after she was rejected by the voters of St George’s North.
Opposition OBA candidate Kenneth Bascome cruised to victory in what had been regarded as a marginal seat.
Mr Bascome secured 445 votes — a 51.6 percent share of the ballot — while former premier Dame Jennifer — who had held the seat for the PLP since 1989 — won the support of 363 constituents (41.6 percent).
Independent candidate Cornell Fubler, fighting an election for the first time picked up a creditable 54 votes.
It was third time lucky for Mr Bascome. He lost to Dame Jennifer by just eight votes in 2003 and 25 votes in 2007.
When the result was finally confirmed, Mr Bascome appeared to be in shock as he was hugged by his wife and mother.
But when asked if he was surprised by the margin of his victory, the often outspoken new MP replied: “Actually I was hoping for a majority of 100.”
Asked why he thought Dame Jennifer’s legacy would be, he replied: “I am not interested in the past — my concerns now are for the future.
“I am now the Parliamentary representative of St George’s and I know I have a great deal of work to do. That will start with constituency meetings.”
Dame Jennifer left the polling station at East End Primary School without speaking to reporters.
There were nine spoiled ballots. Voter turnout was 72 percent with 862 of 1,193 registered voters taking part.
Kenneth Bascome (OBA): 445
Dame Jennifer Smith (PLP): 363
Cornell Fubler (IND): 54