Montserrat votes: Polling Day Thursday 11th September 2014
Voters in Montserrat go to the polls this Thursday September 11th to elect a new government.
Almost four thousand people are eligible to vote. The most recent update from the Elections Office (Wednesday afternoon September 10th) increased the tally of registered voters by twelve in all to 3,878.
The population of Montserrat is estimated currently at approximately 5,189, about half of its pre-volcanic eruption total.
More than half the residents of the island were evacuated or otherwise left voluntarily during and after the eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano which started in 1995, peaked in 1997 and has had intermittent eruptions up to 2010. Although still active, the volcano has not had an eruptive phase since then.
Voters will choose nine representatives for the British dependency’s Legislative Assembly.
A field of 31 candidates is spread across two political parties, one group of independents and a number of stand-alone candidates.
The incumbent Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP) lead by Premier Reuben Meade and the recently-formed People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) fronted by parliamentary opposition leader Donaldson Romeo are both fielding a full slate of nine candidates.
The newly-formed Alliance of Independent Candidates (AIC) is a coalition of three independent candidates lead by former chief minister Dr Lowell Lewis who currently sits in the Legislative Assembly as an opposition member.
The other ten candidates are stand-alone independents.
Montserrat elections are held in five-year cycles. See table below for the results of the 2009 election.