After all was said and done, the One Bermuda Alliance retained the long-held seat in the Smith’s South by- election held yesterday (Oct 5), with Ben Smith heading back to the Lower House to replace Cole Simons.

Once the polling station at St Patrick’s Church closed at 8pm, the OBA won, with Ben Smith securing 457 votes to the PLP’s 167 votes for Mischa Fubler, out of total of 1,311 registered voters.

Meanwhile, in a statement released last night, the PLP said the following: 

The Progressive Labour Party congratulates Mischa Fubler on his immense effort to turn this seat green and by his solid performance today.

Mischa and our team worked hard in C8, however we knew from the beginning it was an uphill battle as residents on this part of the island have never been represented by anyone but the UBP or OBA.

Despite the result, we take comfort in the fact that the people of Smith’s South, and Bermuda in general, saw the quality of our candidate. Mischa is just the tip of the iceberg in regards to what the public will see from the next generation of PLP candidates.

We look forward to Mischa holding Ben Smith to account in Constituency 8 and continuing to advocate on behalf of its residents.

Finally, we thank all that came out to participate in today’s democratic bye-election process.