ORANJESTAD – The Progressive Labor Party (PLP) of St. Eustatius has again won the island council elections on the island. The party received a total of 978 votes, against 662 for the Democratic Party (DP-Statia).
The CDA-Statia got stuck at a total of 117 votes, not enough for a seat in the island council.
This again makes the PLP the party with the most votes. Noteworthy is the fact that list pusher and former party leader Clyde van Putten was again the candidate with the most votes on the PLP-list. Van Putten with 269 votes received quite a bit more votes than party leader Rechelline Leerdam, with a total of 144 votes. Reuben Merkman received a total of 192 personal votes, making him the second biggest vote getter for PLP, with Leerdam coming in third.
The overall biggest vote-getter on St. Eustatius was Mercedes Lopes of the Democratic Party with a total of 299 personal votes.
Of the three BES-islands St. Eustatius was the last party to announce the election results at around 1.30 in the morning.