St Philip South which was the last constituency to declare a winner in the 2013 general election, stayed true to form with results in 2018 not released until almost 7 o’clock this morning.
On this occasion, however, constituents delivered a runaway victory for businessman Indar Weir of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) over incumbent and former Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP).
St Philip South voters, who have overwhelmingly supported the DLP since the constituency was created in 1971, and elected the DLP candidate eight out of ten times, completely turned their backs on the party, delivering its most devastating defeat on record.
Brathwaite, who won the seat for two consecutive terms, fell to Weir by a whopping 3, 168 votes. Weir received a total of 4, 656, while Brathwaite got 1,488 votes.
The most telling sign of the magnitude of the defeat came at 3 a.m. when the first results were announced by Returning Officer Deryck Springer. After counting of just two of the eight boxes, Weir had accumulated 1,429 votes to Brathwaite’s 341.
Counting in this constituency took place at the Faith New Testament Church of God, in Kirtons, which is located just 100 metres from Weir’s constituency office.
The contest featured a field of five candidates, the others being John Wayne Scantlebury of the Bajan Free Party, Bruce Hennis of the United Progressive Party, and Ronald Lorde of Solutions Barbados.
Lorde received a total of 239 votes; Hennis, 127; and Scantlebury, 39.
Brathwaite, the former Attorney General did not come to the counting station; however, Weir’s campaign team waited excitedly until the last votes came in and he was declared the winner at 7 a.m.
The constituency has 10, 622 eligible voters. (IMC)
St Philip South
Indar Weir (BLP) – 4 656
Adriel Brathwaite (BLP) – 1 488
Bruce Hennis (UPP) – 127
Ronald Lorde (Solutions B’dos) –239
John Wayne Scantlebury (Bajan Free Party) – 39
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