Unsuccessful candidate for election in the Bight area of Providenciales, Dorrell Pratt Delancey, is now hosting a new two-hour talk radio show on 105.5 FM. Pratt ran as a third party candidate for the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), receiving only 36 out of 700 votes.
The Bight was won by Porsha Stubbs-Smith by a margin of 41 votes and she is now the minister of health.
Dorell Pratt Delancey
Often appearing on the show is Oral Selver, the losing candidate for the Cheshire Hall district, who ran for the People Democratic Movement (PDM). Amanda Misick of the Progressive National Party (PNP) won that seat by 30 votes but in a subsequent by-election won by an even larger margin. She is now minister of home affairs.
Ron Higgs, an unassociated labour and political activist, and disqualified PPP candidate Edward Smith have also have appeared on the show.
The show has been conducting an ongoing poll to determine, if a new election was held soon, who would win. According to the poll, initially the PDM was leading and this shortly turned the other way, giving the PNP a predicted victory. However, there seems to be no statistical basis for the show’s poll.
The highest profile person on the show has been Oswald Skippings, who twice served as chief minister; once for five months in 1980 and later for three years from 1988 to 1991. Skippings led the PDM to a loss in the November 2012 election.
Skippings himself failed to win one the five “at large” seats, placing eighth out of 11 candidates. He barely overcame PNP’s Royal Robinson and Wayne Garland.
However, the PDM did win three of the five at large seats. The top at large winner was the PDM's Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, who became leader of the opposition and the party. The second placed at large winner, Rufus Ewing, became premier based on his party’s one seat win.
This was the first election in which Skippings had to face off in an at large election, testing his and the other candidates’ country-wide popularity. Previously he had won in one of the previous small four district seats in Grand Turk.
According to the show’s guests, the 2,894 votes given to Skippings were indicative of a good showing. During the November election campaign Skippings had been very critical of the British interim government.
Pratt herself encouraged Skippings to try again. She also said on the show that now disgraced former premier Michael Misick will be remembered as a “man with vision who empowered people".
In related news, head of the PPP and former Haitian national now TC Islander Harold Charles last week announced he was stepping down as that new party’s leader. Charles ran in the Five Cays district of Provo, where he received only 103 out of 700 votes. The win in Five Cays, which hosts a large Haitian population, went to Sean Astwood, now deputy leader of the PDM, who won his seat by a margin of 94 or 15% of the votes.
Many are saying that, had Charles and Skippings not run, Astwood would have won by an even larger margin. This is said to be due to Skippings’ lack of acceptance by Haitian belongers, who remember Skippings as a chief minister who did not want to provide Haitian-TCI children an education due to budget limitations.