Sept. 19, 2014, 1:37 p.m.
The election for the 9 (out of 11) seats in the Legislative Council in Montserrat was held on Thursday 11 September 2014. Montserrat is still recovering from the Soufriere Hills volcano eruption in 1997 that killed 19 people and saw approximately half of its population leave.[i] Thus, the election was deemed vital to the country’s future. Located in the Caribbean, Montserrat has a population of 5,215 with approximately 3,866 registered voters. Preliminary results have the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) winning the election. The PDM won 50.1 percent of the vote or 7 seats in parliament, while the ruling Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP) won only 35.3 percent of the vote or 2 seats in parliament.[ii] Turnout for the election was approximately 71 percent.[iii] Prime Minister Reuben T. MEADE of MCAP, conceded the election and resigned from office. Donaldson ROMEO, of PDM, was sworn into office as Prime Minister, on Friday 12 September 2014.[iv]