Three-peat for Sealy
It’s a three-peat for St. Michael South Central MP Richard Sealy.
After about five hours of counting that started around 8 p.m. last night, Sealy, who won the seat in 2003 and 2008, was duly declared the elected member for the constituency by the returning officer Dennis Brereton. Sealy, the Democratic Labour Party candidate, took the seat by 2,031 votes to the Barbados Labour Party candidate David Gill who tallied 1,776.
Sealy was present when Brereton broke the news about 1 a.m. outside the hall of The St. Michael School on Martindale’s Road, St. Michael. Similar to 2008, Gill was absent from the school for the official announcement.
Sealy thanked the small gathering of supporters, some dressed in yellow T-shirts and some carrying placards.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the people of St. Michael South Central. It is the third occasion that they have asked me to represent them in the highest court of the land and it is a significant honour, something that I take quite seriously,” he said.
Sealy, who is an engineer by profession and served as Minister of Tourism in the last Cabinet, said he was not surprised by the result. He said it was a continuing relationship which he had with the people of St. Michael South Central and over the years he had worked hard to deepen that relationship.
An elated Sealy said it was a wonderful feeling to have been chosen on three consecutive occasions by the constituents and he pledged that he would continue to do his best in their interest.
Earlier in the night after two boxes [RA1 and RA2] were counted, Sealy had a slight ten vote lead. The two were then engaged in an intriguing battle with only 58 votes in favour of the incumbent separating them.
However that would be as close as Gill would get to Sealy as the RE1 boxes which are located in the Brittons Hill provided Sealy with significant breathing space. Sealy collected a combined 397 votes in the two boxes, compared to 179 tallied by Gill.
Of the 11 boxes in this riding Sealy won eight losing only in the RA2, RBI and RD1 boxes.