PLP on campaign trail ahead of by-election
The Progressive Labour Party and the One Bermuda Alliance have started reaching out to voters in Smith’s South ahead of a pending by-election in the constituency.
Neither party has named a candidate for the seat, which became vacant after the resignation from politics of OBA leader Cole Simons this month.
Yesterday, Lindsay Simmons, the government senator and Junior Minister of Social Development and Home Affairs, said that teams from the ruling party had started canvassing the area.
Ms Simmons said: “We commenced canvassing last week in Smith’s South for the upcoming by-election.
“Various teams travelled to different neighbourhoods throughout Smith’s Parish to meet and engage with residents. We were invited into their homes to listen to a diverse range of topics and issues.
“The teams were also able to share our platform and the promises delivered, such as annual pension increase for seniors, increased scholarships and awards for our people and a first-ever minimum hourly wage for workers.
“My fellow PLP representatives are looking forward to meeting the residents of Smith’s South over the next few weeks. If by chance we miss you, literature and contact details will be left at your doorstep.”
The date for the by-election, which must be held within two months of the seat becoming vacant, is to be confirmed.
At the last General Election in October 2020, Mr Simons comfortably held the seat, seeing off the PLP’s Owen Darrell by 547 votes to 318.
The OBA was also out last Saturday meeting and listening to constituents in the community.
Jarion Richardson, the Opposition leader, said: “Constituency 8 has had a strong representative in the Honourable Cole Simons JP for a long time. We intend to continue that strong representation as we prepare to announce our candidate.
“It’s important that Constituency 8 retains the benefits of Cole’s experience and commitment, while bringing a new, fresh energy to the constituency. To that end, we are making sure to show our commitment to the constituents.
“We view this by-election as the island’s first opportunity to vote on the track record of the Government and the new energy and direction of the One Bermuda Alliance. We will demonstrate our commitment to the voters by ensuring our presence is known.
“But more importantly, we’re available to listen to voters and explain our position on matters affecting the country as a whole, and the constituency specifically.”