Just over 50 percent turnout in French St. Martin Territorial Council electionsPOSTED: 03/19/12 12:35 PM
MARIGOT, St. Martin – Some 53 percent of the eligible voters in Sunday’s Territorial Council elections exercised their right to vote according to the report on voter turnout. There were reports of long lines throughout the day as people chose their own desired moment to cast a ballot.
Polls opened at 7:00 a.m. and when the first report on turnout was issued at 10:00 a.m. only 980 (5.5 percent) of the 17, 776 people who were eligible to vote had cast their ballot. By 12:00 noon the turnout had more than tripled as 3, 310 people (18.6 percent) had cast their ballot.
By 2:00 p.m. the figures had taken yet another jump but had yet to cross the 30 percent mark. A surge in the mid-afternoon sent the figure to 40 percent (7, 073) and then the final count at 6:00 p.m. was 9, 419 or 53 percent.
Bureau number four, which covered Concordia, had the highest single voter turnout. Some 794 of the 1, 280 eligible voters (62 percent) turned out to vote. The lowest turnout (38 percent) was at Bureau 1 – Marigot center and Marina Royale. Only 483 of the 1, 269 eligible voters turned out at that station.