From left, Louis Ming, Dorothy Peniston, PLP candidate Dame Jennifer Smith and Lloyd van Putten at the polling station Monday morning. *Photo by Mikaela Ian Pearman
From left, Louis Ming, Dorothy Peniston, PLP candidate Dame Jennifer Smith and Lloyd van Putten at the polling station Monday morning. *Photo by Mikaela Ian Pearman
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MONDAY, DEC. 17: All three candidates in the key constituency of St George’s North were confident as voters flowed into the polling station at East End Primary School this morning.

Dame Jennifer Smith, the incumbent for Constituency 1, was flanked by Louis Ming, Dorothy Peniston and Lloyd Van Putten, all of whom who have been on her team for years.

Dame Jennifer greeted voters as they arrived. “The mood has been great, ” she told us, just after 9am. “There have been over 100 voters so far and it’s going pretty good.”

St George’s Mayor Kenneth Bascome, the candidate for the OBA, said: “Everybody’s shaking one another’s hands. Bermudians are very friendly, respectful people by nature.

“They can say something and go inside and do something else.

“I am optimistic and regardless of the results, I am a St Georgian and will continue to work for the community.”

Independent candidate Cornell Fubler was also upbeat as he greeted voters.

“Everyone is saying ‘good morning’ and ‘all the best’ and various different things.

“I am excited. It’s an excellent day for democracy.”

He continued: “I think the fact that people have a third choice in 12 constituencies is beautiful.

“Like me, they wouldn’t have had the opportunity to vote. They would have voted but now they have something outside the groups.”