An analysis of the official results of the 2021 general election shows in detail the Free National Movement’s (FNM) dramatic loss of support in most of the 39 constituencies after coming to office in May 2017 in spectacular fashion, with some FNMs at the time winning 60-plus percent of the votes cast in various constituencies.
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) – which won just four of the 39 seats in the House of Assembly, just over four years ago – won 32 of the 39 seats on Thursday.
Boundaries were unchanged from 2017.
In Killarney, the last constituency to wrap up its recount on Saturday afternoon, former Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis secured 51 percent of the votes.
This compares to the 73 percent of the votes he won in that constituency in 2017.
In the election last week, Minnis got 2,501 of the 4,881 votes cast. In 2017, he got 4,186 of the 5,700 votes cast.
In Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador, Philip Brave Davis got 876 votes (70 percent).
The FNM’s candidate, Felicia Knowles, got 359 votes (29 percent).
In 2017, Davis got 60 percent of the votes.
On Friday, he was sworn in as prime minister after leading his party to a stunning victory.
PLP Deputy Leader Chester Cooper was sworn in on Saturday as deputy prime minister.
Cooper had an impressive showing in Thursday’s election.
He won 73 percent of the 2,514 votes cast in Exumas and Ragged Island.
In 2017, he won the constituency with 52 percent of the votes.
In Englerston, Glenys Hanna-Martin had an even more impressive showing.
She won 75 percent of the 2,986 votes cast. In 2017, she won 49 percent.
In every constituency on Thursday, voter turnout was lower than it was in 2017.
In total, 126,495 votes were counted. There were 194,524 registered voters. That’s a voter turnout of 65 percent, considerably lower than in previous general elections.
The tide turns
The FNM won Killarney, St. Anne’s, St. Barnabas, Central Grand Bahama, East Grand Bahama, Marco City, and Long Island.
While Adrian White secured 57 percent of the 3,514 votes cast in St. Anne’s, this is a considerable cut in the margin when compared to the 76 percent of votes received by the FNM’s Brent Symonette in 2017, when 4,399 people voted in the constituency; a traditional FNM stronghold.
In St. Barnabas, an Over-the-Hill area, Shanendon Cartwright held the seat, despite the PLP wave, but his margin was reduced.
In 2017, Cartwright got 56 percent of all votes cast. Last week, he secured 49 percent to the PLP’s Michael Halkitis, who received 45 percent.
Kwasi Thompson, the former minister of state for finance, got 49 percent of the 4,286 votes in East Grand Bahama.
This compares to the 66 percent secured in 2017 by Peter Turnquest, the now-former deputy prime minister, who was cut out of a renomination.
Former Agriculture Minister Michael Pintard performed just as well in Marco City as White did in St. Anne’s.
Pintard got 57 percent of the 4,131 votes cast. In 2017, he secured 64 percent.
In Pineridge, Rev. Frederick McAlpine, who won as an FNM in 2017, with 53 percent of the votes, got 33 percent of the 3,553 votes cast on Thursday.
The PLP’s Ginger Moxey won the seat with 40 percent of the votes and the FNM’s Welbourne Bootle got 25 percent.
In Central Grand Bahama, Iram Lewis, the former minister of youth, sports, and culture, held his seat with 48 percent of the 4,354 votes cast.
This compares to the 65 percent of votes he received in 2017.
Despite controversy over contract awards that had ensnared him in the weeks leading to the general election, Adrian Gibson, the former Water and Sewerage Corporation executive chairman, won Long Island, an FNM stronghold, with 55 percent (728) of the 1,326 votes cast.
His support held firm as he won 53 percent in 2017.
The PLP’s Long Island candidate Tyrel Young got 43 percent of the votes.
This compares to the PLP’s 2017 candidate, Glendon Rolle, who got 32 percent of the votes in 2017, when Loretta Butler-Turner, the former FNM deputy, was also in that race as an independent.
In Nassau Village, the controversial former House Speaker Halson Moultrie, who quit the FNM in February and became an independent member of Parliament (MP), received a paltry two percent of the votes (83 of 3,578) after winning 56 percent of the 4,550 votes cast in 2017.
The PLP’s Jamahl Strachan secured 58 percent of the votes in Nassau Village.
Reece Chipman, who resigned from the FNM in October 2019, and became an independent MP, got just six percent of the votes (205 of 3,259) in Centreville.
In 2017, Chipman received 47.499 percent of the votes, when he beat former Prime Minister Perry Christie by four votes.
The PLP’s Jomo Campbell got 67 percent of the votes in Centreville on Thursday.
Big names toppled
Many big names in politics were toppled in dramatic fashion in the September 16 election.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Desmond Bannister, who got 61 percent of the Carmichael votes in 2017, received 41 percent of the 3,939 votes cast on Thursday.
The PLP’s Keith Bell won the seat with 49 percent of the votes.
Former Minister of Health Renward Wells got 33 percent of the 3,436 votes cast in Bamboo Town.
In 2017, he got 54 percent of votes cast.
The PLP’s Patricia Deveaux got 52 percent of the votes on Thursday.
Dr. Duane Sands received 39 percent of the votes in Elizabeth (1,516 of the 3,870 votes).
This compares to the 61 percent of votes he received the last time.
JoBeth Coleby-Davis of the PLP won the seat on Thursday with 49 percent of the votes.
In South Beach, former Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd, who easily won the seat with 64 percent of the votes in 2017, received just 35 percent this time around.
The PLP’s Baccus Rolle won with 53 percent of the 3,705 votes cast in that constituency.
In Yamacraw, former immigration minister Elsworth Johnson, who won the seat in 2017, with 58 percent of the votes, got 41 percent this time.
The PLP’s Zane Lightbourne secured a win with 50 percent of the 3,637 votes.
Other big names in the race also lost their seats.
In Free Town, Dionisio D’Aguilar, the former tourism minister, won 40 percent of the 3,088 votes cast.
The PLP’s Wayne Munroe won with 53 percent.
In Mount Moriah, Marvin Dames, the former national security minister, got 40 percent of the 3,628 votes.
McKell Bonaby of the PLP won the seat with 50 percent of the votes.
Romauld Ferreira, the former environment minister, saw support plummet.
He received 27 percent of the 3,273 votes cast in Marathon on Thursday. In 2017, he got 50 percent of all votes.
The FNM’s Lisa Rahming won the seat with 63 percent of the votes.
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield got just 34 percent of the 3,186 votes cast in North Abaco.
In 2017, he received 58 percent.
In Central and South Abaco, the PLP’s John Pinder II won the seat with 42 percent of the 1,844 votes cast.
James Albury of the FNM won the seat in 2017 with 66 percent of the votes.
After winning 55 percent of the votes in Southern Shores in 2017, Frankie Campbell, the former social services minister, secured just 30 percent of the 3,613 votes on Thursday.
Leroy Major of the PLP got 57 percent.
Vaughn Miller of the PLP won Golden Isles with 50 percent of the 4,895 votes cast.
In 2017, when he ran on the FNM’s ticket, he won the seat with 56 percent of the votes.
In West Grand Bahama and Bimini, former Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe, who served in the Christie administration, made a comeback, securing 53 percent of the 3,856 votes cast.
The FNM’s Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe, who was the only woman in Minnis’ Cabinet, got 38 percent.
In 2017, she received 52 percent of the votes to Wilchcombe’s 47 percent.
In Tall Pines, Dr. Michael Darville of the PLP got 58 percent of the votes. Darville served in the last Christie Cabinet as minister for Grand Bahama.
Donald Saunders of the FNM received just 29 percent of the Tall Pines votes after winning the seat in 2017 with 53 percent of the votes.
In Bains and Grants Town, Travis Robinson also saw considerable erosion of support.
Robinson got just 26 percent of the 2,899 votes cast. In 2017, he received 61 percent.
The PLP’s Wayde Watson won the seat on Thursday with 63 percent of votes.
In Fort Charlotte, Alfred Sears, who was attorney general and minister of education in the first Christie administration, secured 63 percent of the 3,285 votes cast in Fort Charlotte, a constituency he previously represented.
The FNM’s Drumeco Archer got just 28 percent on Thursday.
In 2017, the FNM’s Mark Humes secured 54 percent of the votes and Sears got 41 percent.
In Fox Hill, PLP Chairman Fred Mitchell, also a former PLP Cabinet minister, got 66 percent of the 4,127 votes in the 2021 election.
In 2017, he lost to the FNM’s Shonel Ferguson, securing 45 percent of the votes to her 50 percent.
In Sea Breeze, newcomer Leslia Miller-Brice secured 63 percent of the 3,891 votes cast.
Maxine Seymour of the FNM got 28 percent.
In Pinewood, the PLP’s Myles Laroda got 51 percent of the 3,343 votes cast.
The FNM’s Reuben Rahming, who won the seat in 2017, with 52 percent of the votes, got 28 percent.
Lincoln Bain, of the Coalition of Independents, secured 19 percent of the votes (641). This was an improvement over the nine percent he received in 2017.
The PLP’s Pia Glover-Rolle won 54 percent of the 3,475 votes cast in Golden Gates.
Michael Foulkes got 34 percent. In 2017, he won the seat with 52 percent of the votes.
In Garden Hills, the PLP’s Keith Bowleg won with 58 percent of the 3,049 votes cast.
Stephen Greenslade of the FNM got 31 percent. In 2017, the FNM’s Brensil Rolle won the seat with 55 percent of the votes.
In Mangrove Cay and South Andros, Leon Lundy of the PLP got 58 percent of the 1,706 votes.
In 2017, Picewell Forbes, also a PLP, got 46 percent of the votes.
In North Andros and the Berry Islands, Carlton Bowleg of the FNM, who won the seat with 51 percent of the votes in 2017, saw his support decrease to 43 percent.
Leonardo Lightbourne of the PLP won the seat with 56 percent of the 2,126 votes cast.
In North Eleuthera, the PLP’s Sylvanus Petty got 51 percent of the 2,414 votes cast.
Howard Mackey, the former MP, received 47 percent compared to his 55 percent in 2017.
In Central and South Eleuthera, the PLP’s Clay Sweeting received 59 percent of the 2,799 votes cast.
Hank Johnson of the FNM, who won the seat in 2017, with 50 percent of the votes, received 38 percent this time.
And in MICAL, the PLP’s Basil McIntosh got 63 percent of the 1,003 votes cast.
Miriam Emmauel of the FNM got 35 percent compared to the 52 percent she received in 2017.