Following a recount of the votes for the “at large” candidates in Friday’s elections, called for by leader of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), Oswald Skippings, the initial results have been confirmed, with the Progressive National Party (PNP) winning eight seats and becoming the largest party in the House of Assembly. The PDM won seven seats.
Progressive National Party (PNP) leader, Rufus Ewing
The leader of the largest party, Rufus Ewing of the PNP, will now write to the governor stating that he believes that he can form a government. The governor will then request the names of intended ministers and portfolios.
The premier will then be sworn in by the governor at the earliest possible opportunity.
The governor will also propose the date of the first Cabinet meeting, which is intended to take place this week. The governor chairs Cabinet. Before the Cabinet meets, all members of the cabinet will be sworn in. This is intended to be on Wednesday. Non-elected members of Cabinet are: The governor, deputy governor and attorney general.
One of the agenda points for this first cabinet meeting will be the need to decide a date on which to recall the House of Assembly. A provisional date has been set for this, but is subject to confirmation by Cabinet, that of Monday, 19 November 2012.
The elected members of the House of Assembly will be:
Grand Turk, North: George Lightbourne PNP
Grand Turk, South: Edwin Astwood PDM
South Caicos: Norman Saunders PNP
Middle Caicos & North Caicos: Ricardo Don Hue Gardiner PNP
Leeward: Akierra Missick PNP
The Bight: Porsha Stubbs Smith PNP
Cheshire Hall and Richmond Hill: Amanda Missick PNP
Blue Hills: Goldray Ewing PDM
Five Cays: Sean Astwood PDM
Wheeland: Vaden Delroy Williams PDM
All Island Members:
Sharlene Cartwright Robinson PDM
Rufus Ewing PNP
Derek Taylor PDM
Washington Misick PNP
Josephine Connolly PDM
The results of Monday's recount were as follows:
Cartwright Robinson PDM 3437
Ewing PNP 3290
Taylor PDM 3197
Misick PNP 3135
Connolly PDM 3057
Simons C PNP 2945
Skippings PDM 2902
Harvey PDM 2893
Garland PNP 2814
Robinson PNP 2718
Simons O IND 235