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PNP campaign manager complains to British ministers
Published on March 26, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

Devon Smith, described by Premier Rufus Ewing as the Progressive National Party (PNP) campaign manager, has written to Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague and Overseas Territories Minister Mark Simmonds complaining about an alleged failure on the part of the TCI government to release the official results of Friday’s by-election.

“Over forty eight (48) hours ago polls closed in a supreme court ordered bi-election, in the seventh electoral district Cheshire Hall and Richmond Hills, in the said OT. The results of this election will determine the balance of power in the OT's parliament. At the time of writing this correspondence, the Turks and Caicos government has not issued a written notice of the returns of such election,” Williams said in his letter.

However, Williams appears to have overlooked or been unaware of an email sent from at 10:01 on Friday, March 22, 2013, to the press office’s local media distribution list captioned “Misick Declared By-Election Winner” and reporting that the PNP’s Amanda Misick had been declared the winner of the Richmond Hill and Cheshire Hall by election and giving the respective vote counts.

“Supervisor of Elections Dudley Lewis has advised that the PNP’s Amanda Misick has been declared the winner of the Richmond Hill and Cheshire Hall by election. The seat was contested by Oral Isaac Selver, of the People’s Democratic Party (PDM) and Amanda A. Misick, of the Progressive National Party (PNP). Nomination was held on Friday March 1, 2013. Missick polled 455 votes to Selver’s 385 votes,” the email on Friday night said.

When contacted for comment, Philip Rushbrook of the Governor’s Office said he had not yet seen the letter in question from Williams to the UK ministers.
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Richard C Brown:

I think the PNP campaigner manager is crying Wolf. The results of the election was posted in TCI Journal on the evening of March 22, 2013 and this represents the official announcement of the Turks and Caicos Government. The Campaign manager needs to realize that by crying wolf one looses credibility.

Devon Williams:


Asking for the official return to be circulated to the press is not crying wolf. FYI after writing the letter to the UK ministers the official return was sent to all members of the media.

This is standard operating procedure in nations like this.



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