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THE BATTLE GROUND SEATS - West St Mary, Jolyan Silvera (PNP) vs Robert Montague (JLP)

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2016 | 2:08 AM
Robert Montague
Jolyan Silvera
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2011 GENERAL ELECTION RESULT

CONSTITUENCY TOTALS

Jolyan Silvera - 9,693

Robert Montague - 9,466

Vote turnout: 59.54 per cent of 32,305 voters

Ballots rejected: 74

Western St Mary is one of seven seats won by the People's National Party (PNP) in the last general election by less than 300 votes.

Jolyan Silvera, the PNP candidate, won the seat by 227 votes in 2011, unseating Robert Montague who had taken it by a healthy 767 votes in the 2007 polls.

Silvera, a cousin of former Home Affairs and Justice Minister Noel Silvera, who served as a Member of Parliament for Central St Mary, enters the election with history, as it relates to the below 300 vote-margin, being against him.

In 1962, the PNP's Stuart Charles won the seat over JLP's Talbot Forrest by 297 votes. Forrest returned in the 1967 election to win the seat, beating the PNP's Holroyd Thompson by 125.

Forrest failed to defend the slender margin in the 1972 elections, losing by 714 votes to the PNP's Anthony Capleton.

Silvera, in winning the seat in 2011, secured 1,438 more votes than Delano Franklyn did for the PNP in 2007. Montague, on the other hand, increased his numbers by only 444 votes.

The constituency has five electoral divisions: Carron Hall, Gayle, Oracabessa, Retreat and Boscobel.

In 2011, Montague won the Carron Hall (1,897 to 1,186) and Gayle divisions (2,059 to 1,682) but lost heavily in Oracabessa (1,762 to Silvera's 2,948). The voting in Retreat (1,721- Montague to 1,755 Silvera) and Boscobel (2,027 Montague to 2,122 Silvera) were close.

Of the 16 contested elections in West St Mary, the JLP has won six and the PNP has won 10.

There are 35,475 persons registered to vote in West St Mary .

- Daraine Luton

 

Winning margins

 

- 1944 - 1,304 votes

JLP's Lester Simmonds over PNP's Williams Robinson

• 1949 - 676 votes

JLP's Lester Simmonds over PNP's Stuart Charles

• 1955 - 2308 votes

PNP's Stuart Charles over JLP's R. Lindo

• 1959 - 2,039 votes

PNP's Stuart Charles over

JLP's Lily Burke

• 1962 - 297 votes

PNP's Stuart Charles over JLP's Talbot Forrest

• 1967 - 125 votes

JLP's Talbot Forrest over PNP's Holroyd Thompson

• 1972 - 714 votes

PNP' Anthony Capleton over JLP's Talbot Forrest

• 1976 - 2007 votes

PNP's AGR Byfield over

JLP's Barry Wahrman

• 1980 - 1,200 votes

JLP's Talbot Forrest over PNP's Vincent Edward

• 1983 - 2,760 votes

JLP's Hyacinth Knight over independent John Farrell

• 1989 - 2,569 votes

PNP's Terry Gillette over

JLP's Hyacinth Knight

• 1993 - 2,300

PNP's Terry Gillette over

JLP's Hyacinth Knight

• 1997 - 1,804 votes

PNP's Terry Gillette over

JLP's Hyacinth Knight

• 2002 - 849 votes

PNP's Neil McGill over

JLP's Sutcliff Haughton-James

• 2007 - 767 votes

JLP's Robert Montague over PNP's Delano Franklyn

• 2011 - 227 votes

PNP's Jolyan Silvera over JLP's Robert Montague