I just wanted to offer my congratulations to Mr. Michael Weeks who has been elected by the PLP branch of Constituency 16 (not 4, lol), and confirmed by the PLP Central Committee. His name was not included in the previous discussion on possible candidates as he had not been publically named as a potential candidate, and the purpose of those discussions were always more speculation than anything else.
From what I do know of Mr. Weeks he will be an excellent MP for the area, and will hopefully carry on the late Mr. Bascome’s committment to community involvement. While it is unlikely that the UBP or an Independent candidate will be able to win this by-election, Constituency 16 being a solidly PLP safe seat, it will be interesting to see the level of turnout and support the by-election will produce. Traditionally by-elections tend to have a lower turn-out than general elections, and this may be more so in a stronghold contest where the winner is almost a foregone conclusion. However, the by-election may be used by the UBP to test their level of support from the 2007 election – has it gone up, down are stayed the same. Should an Independent run and win more than the UBP this too would be telling. I don’t feel that many Independents will choose to run though, partly as they would be running against the sympathy vote from Mr. Bascome’s passing, but also because as far as I know there is much talk but no formal organisation of a third party that could support them.
Anyway, congratulations to Mr. Weeks, and best of luck in the upcoming by-election!