Home / News / Politics / Abaco Elects Albury and Henfield as Next Members of Parliament; Free National Movement to Form New Government
Darren Henfield (center) in Grand Cay with supporters the day before the General Election. Henfield will represent North Abaco.

Abaco Elects Albury and Henfield as Next Members of Parliament; Free National Movement to Form New Government

James Albury (back, center) with three generations of his family sporting purple thumbs on Election Day. His grandfather Ritchie Albury (front, center), mother Ruth Albury (left) and uncle Michael Albury (right). James will represent Central / South Abaco in Parliament.

 

This article will be updated with official numbers as they become available.

See bottom of article for Polling Division Breakdowns.

On May 10, 2017 Abaconians went to the polls to vote for their next Members of Parliament. It was a warm, clear morning with reports that many voted early in the day. Candidates from the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), Free National Movement (FNM), Democratic National Alliance (DNA), Bahamas Constitution Party (BCP) and an Independent all vied for Abaco’s two seats.

By the time the polls closed at 6pm, Abaco had decided its next two MPs: James Albury (FNM) for Central / South Abaco and Darren Henfield (FNM) for North Abaco.

Following the trend in Abaco, the country in turn elected a majority of FNM candidates who will form the government and replace the previous PLP government.

For Central / South Abaco: James Albury (FNM) received 1945 votes, Eva Bain (PLP) received 917, Ruth Flowers (DNA) received 70 and Churton Toote (BCP) received 25. These are the official results.

For North Abaco: Darren Henfield (FNM) won the popular vote. His rivals were Renardo Curry (PLP), Claire Basden (DNA), Kathleen Knowles (BCP) and Cay Mills (Independent). Numbers were not consolidated and available at press time

Nationally, the Free National movement won 35 seats. The Progressive Liberal Party won 4. This was unofficial at press time.

Voting went smoothly throughout the polling divisions in Abaco with the exception of Spring City’s Polling Division 7 in Central / South Abaco where party observers were not allowed in to perform their duties. The issue was resolved and acknowledged by Senior Island Administrator Charles Moss.

However, in New Providence there were some irregularities in the Elizabeth and Seabreeze constituencies where voting had to be temporarily suspended. Those issues were resolved according to The Parliamentary Commissioner, Charles Albury, who replaced the embattled former Parliamentary Commissioner, Sherlyn Hall – who was heavily criticized for his mishandling of the Advanced Polling on May 3, 2017.

Despite the contentious nature of this election, it is notable that the process locally was peaceful, smooth and relatively quick. Abaconian reporter, Canishka Alexander, noted “Despite the disagreements and differences of opinion voiced regarding the political parties that exist, there was an atmosphere of peacefulness and unity at all polling divisions that I visited.”

Parliament resumes on May 24, 2017. With the mandate to represent the people of Abaco, Henfield and Albury begin their political careers and look to help tackle the problems facing The Bahamas and their constituencies.

 

Central & South Abaco Results

(Official after recount)

 

PD# Albury FNM Bain PLP Flowers DNA Toote BCP
#01 Guana Cay 87 9 6 1
#02 Man-O-War 133 38 4 1
#03 Hope Town 187 23 9 0
#04
Marsh Harbour: Below Decks
303 58 9 1
#05
Marsh Harbour: St. Francis
211 46 6 2
#06
Marsh Harbour: Anglican Hall
303 139 13 3
#07 Spring City 137 110 6 11
#08 Cherokee 150 14 0 3
#09 Casuarina / Bahama Palm 100 17 2 0
#10 Crossing Rocks 91 100 0 0
#11 Sandy Point 185 126 15 3
#12 Moores Island 58 237 0 0
Total 1945 917 70 25

What Do You Think?

comments

About Bradley Albury

Bradley Albury
Editor-in-Chief of The Abaconian.

Check Also

14th Abaco Business Outlook: “Breaking Barriers: Promoting Success”

Joan Albury and her team at The Counselllors Ltd. (TCL Group) spearheaded the 14th Annual …

Leave a Reply