Cheers and the sound of shofars, an instrument usually associated with religous celebrations, rang out at the St. Leonard’s Boys School just after 2 o’clock this morning to announce the triumphant return of Bishop Joseph Atherley to the St Michael West constituency.
A sizeable crowd of mostly young people celebrated the pastor’s return to the House of Assembly after a ten-year absence. Bishop Atherley defeated DLP incumbent, former Speaker of the House Michael Carrington, by a huge margin of 2,376, polling 3,214 votes to Carrington’s 838.
Of the other candidates, Neil Holder of the Barbados Integrity Movement got 32 votes overall, United Progressive Party representative Patsie Nurse finished with 45 votes and Lana Toussaint of Solutions Barbados gained 55 votes.
Atherley first held the seat during the Arthur administration between 1999 and 2008, after beating Democratic Labour Party stalwart, the late Sir Branford Taitt, who had held the seat since it was created in 1971.(DH)