Kenny Bascome with wife Rochelle and mother Ada Foggo. *Photo by Alison Outerbridge
Kenny Bascome with wife Rochelle and mother Ada Foggo. *Photo by Alison Outerbridge

TUESDAY, DEC. 18: In a shock result in St George’s, the OBA’s Kenneth Bascome unseated Minister of Education Dame Jennifer Smith.

It is a huge victory for the OBA, with Bascome finally winning the St George’s North seat at his fourth attempt having run as an independent in 1998 and for the UBP in the past two elections.

Out of 1,193 registered voters, 844 cast their ballots yesterday.

The OBA candidate won 445 votes, PLP 336, while independent Cornell Fubler picked up 54. Nine ballots were spoiled.

After missing the past two elections by a handful of votes, Mr Bascome said  the people of St George’s had seen all of the things that had not been done for the town and voted accordingly.

He said: “Everyone has had the opportunity to see that I am an effective leader and they have seen that
the Corporation of St George’s is trying to be productive.

“I had anticipated winning by 100 votes.”

The hot topics in this constituency, which encompasses the UNESCO World Heritage Site Town of St George’s, include the loss of business because of a lack of regular cruise ship visits and the delayed development of the Park Hyatt Hotel.

Dame Jennifer, who was first voted in as MP in 1998, and was Premier of Bermuda from 2003 to 2007, said the voters had spoken. “Did I wish I had won? The answer is yes.”

Independent candidate Cornell Fubler, who had cited a lack of an overall plan for St George’s as a main issue in the run-up to the election, said he was not a spoiler, but was proud to have garnered 54 votes.