Strong stance: Tilman Darrell (IND), Jeff Baron (OBA), and Rolfe Commissiong (PLP). *Photo by Raymond Hainey
Strong stance: Tilman Darrell (IND), Jeff Baron (OBA), and Rolfe Commissiong (PLP). *Photo by Raymond Hainey

MONDAY, DEC. 17: With less than half an hour before the polls closed, former Government adviser Rolfe Commissiong was quietly confident of victory in Pembroke South East.

Mr Commissiong said: “I think it’s gone fairly well and we were placed to achieve a victory in this constituency and I’m hoping the final tally confirms my optimism.”

Mr Commissiong is facing Jeff Baron of the OBA and a brace of Independents, former UBP man Tillman Darrell and Leyoni Junos.

The candidates agreed that turnout was likely to exceed the 778 ballots cast in 2007.

Mr Baron said: “I think we will probably see a turnout in the mid-800s, that’s my guesstimate. That’s good because it means we encouraged and inspired people to come out. We will see the results.”

The constituency is expected to declare a result around 9pm.

When asked about his chances, Mr Darrell said: “I don’t know – I’m not sure if Bermuda or this constituency is prepared or ready to look at selecting an Independent candidate. The country as a whole is tied to political parties. It should be interesting.”

Ms Junos said she had put her name forward because she had become disillusioned by party politics.

She added: “When I was canvassing, people had a lot they wanted to get off their chests. For some time since the previous election in 2007, I become very disillusioned with party politics.

“Bermuda is too small to have all this divisiveness. People have to step up and offer themselves as Independent candidates. We have got to give them that option.”