Dale Butler and Mark Pettingill greeted voters together at Warwick North East. *Photo by Alex O'Reilly
Dale Butler and Mark Pettingill greeted voters together at Warwick North East. *Photo by Alex O'Reilly

MONDAY, DEC. 17: It could have been a party down at Constituency 25 early this afternoon.

Candidates Dale Butler (PLP) and Mark Pettingill (OBA) greeted constituents together in a clear display of mutual confidence and friendship.

Both candidates were surrounded by relatives and officials and there were no obvious divisions between their two camps.

Few outsiders would have guessed that Warwick North East is the stage for one of the island’s most eagerly anticipated election battles.

"The mood here has been very positive," Mr Butler told us. "Mark and I set the mood because we are also good friends. Mark helped me put my tent up and gave me breakfast. And we've been greeting people together."

Jokes aside, Mr Butler said he is very confident about holding on to his seat, crediting his “constant and consistent” canvassing in the area since the last election.

Mr Pettingill also expressed confidence about winning, but added: "I am naturally a conservative person."

Voting at the Bright Temple AME Church on Spring Hill had been busy when the polls first opened, reported both candidates, but had tapered of by lunchtime.

In the 2007 election, Mr Butler won 494 votes while the UBP’s Gina Spence-Farmer won 426.