At the end of the day, Progressive Labour Party candidate Jason Hayward will be the one to fill the seat left vacant as a result of the death of the late Walton Brown Jr, after a crushing victory at the polls last night.
Mr Hayward defeated One Bermuda Alliance Senator Dwayne Robinson in the bye-election by 311 votes to 173 in Pembroke Central, in what could be described as low voter turnout of 44 percent.
Five ballots were rejected.
After all was said and done, the victory maintains the PLP’s majority of 25-11 in the House of Assembly.
Once the announcement was made, Mr Hayward said he’s heading back to the doorsteps of C17 constituents to make sure he represents their interests in the Lower House.
At this point in time, he said he intends to carry on Mr Brown’s legacy.
Premier David Burt added: “The House of Assembly is going to have a very able champion to carry on the legacy of the late Walton Brown. Jason Hayward is a fine representative.”
Asked about the low turnout, Mr Burt said: “Bye-election turnout is typically low. MP Hayward got 64 percent of the vote – close to two-thirds of the vote and that is something recognises that the members of this constituency support the Government’s work and its efforts to continue build a better and fairer Bermuda, while we challenge the status quo that has not been delivering for so many persons for so long.
Asked whether he plans to appoint Mr Hayward to the Cabinet, he replied: “I’m not going to talk about what may, or may not happen. Tonight is Jason’s night and we’re going to celebrate this victory for him and this victory for the PLP.”
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