PHILIPSBURG – According to Government’s Central Voting website: As per closing of the voting stations at 8 pm today, a total of 14.582 votes have been cast in total in the 2016 St. Maarten Parliamentary elections at the 20 different polling stations which represents 64.3% of the electorate of 22.302 eligible voters. This is about 4% lower than the 2014 St. Maarten Parliamentary Elections at which saw a 69% total voter turnout.
With this number, 972 votes are needed to obtain 1 seat.
Predictions from various sources indicate different election results. For instance, from a political poll conducted by Today Newspaper: UP would get 5 seats, DP 4 seats, NA seats and USP 2 seats based on a 70% turnout. New parties would not get enough votes for 1 seat. However this is based on meager number of only 95 persons polled.
Predictions from a group on Facebook show a different result. This group had 135 persons polled (somehow one could vote more than once until a certain period during the poll which might have resulted in a skewed result) and it shows UP in the lead with 21.5%, SMCP second with 20.7% of the votes cast, Undecided third with 12.6%, DP fourth with 11.9%, NA fifth with 8.2%, USP and SDM tied at sixth with 6.7% each. PPA got 2.2%, Hope 1.5% and OSPP also 1.5%.
The voting booths have been open since 8 am and will close at 8 pm. Government personnel, which represents a group of approx 2.000 voters, will be allowed to go vote from 3 pm.
Source for hourly voter turnout: http://www.sintmaartengov.org/special-campaigns/Parliamentary-Elections/2016/Pages/Parliamentary-Elections-2014-Hourly-Results.aspx