The United Bermuda Party’s candidate for tomorrow’s by-election is undergoing surgery for appendicitis.
Devrae Noel-Simmons, candidate for Constituency 26 went to hospital this morning for discomfort, a UBP spokesman said.

The United Bermuda Party’s candidate for tomorrow’s by-election is undergoing surgery for appendicitis.

Devrae Noel-Simmons, candidate for Constituency 26 went to hospital this morning for discomfort, a UBP spokesman said.

TUES. DEC. 14: The United Bermuda Party’s candidate for tomorrow’s by-election is undergoing surgery for appendicitis.

Devrae Noel-Simmons, candidate for Constituency 26 went to hospital this morning for discomfort, a UBP spokesman said.

In an e-mail, Mr. Noel-Simmons said: “Okay, well we have the results. I have appendicitis. This means surgery. I am waiting for the surgeon now.
 
“Needless to say, I am beyond upset and feel at this moment that I have let you all down. Especially with the amount of work that has gone into setting up this by-election campaign and people putting their time and hard work into me.
 
“I know that we can still prevail. I can't fathom dropping the ball right now. I score goals and I win.”

UBP Leader Kim Swan said: “It has been a fantastic journey with Devrae these past few weeks and this 11th hour development is a shocker.

“Of course, all of us in the party send him the best for a speedy recovery. Devrae is such a strong character that it would not be surprising if he turned up at the polling station tomorrow.
 
“In terms of the by-election, I would like to leave one thought with the people of Warwick, Bermuda today needs the strongest possible community leadership.

“We need people on the ground who can listen, understand and carry forward the concerns, issues and hopes of everyday people.

“Devrae is absolutely that kind of leader. Warwick needs strong leadership and Devrae will provide it, of that I have no doubt.”
The UBP will update Mr. Noel-Simmons status as soon as possible.