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Gibraltar ruling party wins by-election; vote of confidence for CM Picardo

Friday, July 5th 2013 - 03:26 UTC
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Albert Isola had a comfortable win (Photo gibnews.net) Albert Isola had a comfortable win (Photo gibnews.net)

By Jim Watt - Gibraltar’s ruling GSLP candidate Albert Isola had a comfortable win in Thursday’s by-election. The election was called due to the death of the popular MP Charles Bruzon.

With nearly a 10% lead over the rival GSD candidate Marlene Nahon, the result is seen as a vote of confidence in the government of Chief Minister Fabian Picardo.

Mr Isola will be sworn in by the Governor, Sir Adrian Johns Friday morning and will start work as a minister of the Government next week.

Despite a power cut in the morning, the election proceeded smoothly during the day with 12 polling stations which closed at 22.00. A total of 10,036 people voted representing 46.34% of the electorate, which is a low percentage for Gibraltar but the result was widely anticipated.

Mr Isola’s vote was 4899 (49%) Ms Nahon 3,927 votes (40.0%), the PDP's Nick Cruz got 688 (7.0%), while Bryan Zammit an independent candidate attracted just 315 votes (3.2%).

Before the polling stations opened Chief Minister Picardo called on al Gibraltarians to cast their ballot: “Of course I would like people to vote for my particular candidate but I think that it’s important for everyone to play their part in the democratic process, whoever they may vote for, by casting a vote for one of the four candidates or a blank vote.’

“Gibraltar’s democracy can only be strengthened by a good turnout – no matter who wins in the end”, he added.

 

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  • LEPRecon

    Picado has done a brilliant job, especially internationally. No wonder the Gibraltarians have placed their trust in him and his party.

    Now he just needs to remind the Foreign Office of it's responsibilities regarding the defence of Gibraltar and it's EEZ.

    Jul 05th, 2013 - 05:56 am 0
  • reality check

    Time a few booties and their rigid raiders had some R & R on the rock.

    I'm sure the good folks of Gib would love to show them some hospitality.

    Jul 05th, 2013 - 04:22 pm 0
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