Voters greeted the two candidates, Economy and Trades Minister Patrice Minors (PLP) and OBA Senator Michael Dunkley, before heading their way into the Somersfield Academy gym to cast their votes. *Photo by Don Burgess
Voters greeted the two candidates, Economy and Trades Minister Patrice Minors (PLP) and OBA Senator Michael Dunkley, before heading their way into the Somersfield Academy gym to cast their votes. *Photo by Don Burgess

MONDAY, DEC. 18: A steady stream of voters made their way to Smith’s North, Constituency 10 this morning.

Voters greeted the two candidates, Economy and Trades Minister Patrice Minors (PLP) and OBA Senator Michael Dunkley, before heading their way into the Somersfield Academy gym to cast their votes.

This is seen as one of the key battleground constituencies on which the election could turn.

Last time around, Minister Minors won the seat for the Progressive Labour Party by 82 votes over Senator Dunkley, who was running for the United Bermuda Party at that time.

Patrice Minors was the first to arrive at 7:25am, with her counterpart just five minutes behind her.

Both candidates expressed confidence that at the end of this evening, they would emerge victorious.

Senator Dunkley said: “I feel great today. Every time people have the opportunity to come out and vote, it bodes good. I put in a lot of work to build relationships and I believe at the end of the day they’ll stand strong.

“I’m not a betting man, but I feel very comfortable and have faith the relationships are going to stand there. Bermuda faces tough times and people want change.

“I have proven experience that I can get things done.”

He said people were already lined up at the door to vote when he arrived and with six per cent of the voters casting their ballots last week, the turnout is expected to be high.

He added: “We’re going to make sure we get our people out to vote too.”

Minister Minors said she is “quite confident” of a win.

“You don’t come in with a defeated attitude so I’m here to win.”

She said she was encouraged by seeing a stream of PLP supporters who had already voted by 9am.

Her day started at 5:30am with prayers and she did the normal things moms do, too as she made a breakfast of oatmeal and fixed her daughter’s hair.

“She said I couldn’t leave until I did that.”

Minister Minors plans on being at the poll for the rest of the day and does not intend to leave until the result is known tonight.