Browne, who called the poll more than a year ahead of the constitutional deadline, easily won his St. John’s City West seat, as the ABLP was on track to complete a rout of the main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP).
He said he was pleased that the voters in his constituency had “invested in him” adding “I can assure them of bigger and better things to come”.
The UPP, which was seeking to regain the government it lost in 2014, suffered heavily with both its leader, Harold Lovell and the deputy, Wilmoth Daniel, a veteran politician failing to win their seats.
Lovell was seeking to regain the St. John’s City East seat, which he lost in 2014 to the incumbent Melford Nicholas of the ABLP.
Nicholas polled 769 votes as against 616 for Lovell and 16 votes for Bruce Goodwin of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA).
Joanne Massiah the leader of the DNA, also lost her seat. She had a bitter row with Lovell in recent years and moved from being UPP colleagues to public enemy during the race to see who would become leader. After being expelled from the UPP, Massiah formed the DNA.
Meanwhile, Maria Bird Browne has become the youngest parliamentarian, elected at just 26 years old.
The granddaughter of the nation’s founding father, Sir Vere Cornwall Bird, says she’s “elated” to win and more importantly to serve.
She thanked the electors for supporting her in such an overwhelming way, winning in all 14 ballot boxes in the St. John’s Rural East constituency.
Bird Browne is also the wife of prime minister designate, Gaston Browne who is set to be sworn in as prime minister at 11 a.m. today.
The young parliamentarian who was thrown into the race at the last minute late last year, says her win is a victory for the youth as much as it is for women. She’s encouraging both to go after their dreams and to live to serve.
In Barbuda, the ABLP lost the sole seat as Trevor Walker of the Barbuda People’s Movement (BPM) easily defeated the incumbent Arthur Nibbs of the ABLP by 568 to 429 votes.
“This is a historic time for the people of Barbuda,” Walker said, noting that this is the first time that a candidate has won the seat by more than 100 votes.
“I am very happy tonight. I have made history in so many ways. I have won all the boxes and that has never happened and the people have said to the administration that they are fed up,” he added.
Among the victorious ABLP candidates are attorney general Steadroy Benjamin and Asot Michael, the former tourism minister who was sacked from the cabinet after he was arrested by Metropolitan Police in Britain last October.
Browne announced general elections on February 24, 15 months before a constitutionally mandated deadline, giving opposition parties less than four weeks to prepare.
He had predicted a clean sweep of the polls by his ABLP.
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