25 Nov, 2015 @ 15:00
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GIBRALTAR ELECTION: The battle for No6

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Government building, No6

PROMISES have been made, speeches have been delivered and manifestos have been published… now all that’s left is for votes to be cast.

Fabian Picardo and Daniel Feetham will find out on Friday morning which one of them will lead Gibraltar for the next four years.

In the run-up to Gibraltar’s election day, the Olive Press spoke to both Fabian Picardo and Daniel Feetham.

While many assume the result is a forgone conclusion – with Picardo all but clinking a champagne flute in Number 6 – one pre-election poll by GBC revealed that a third of voters are still undecided.

However, while the latest poll puts the GSLP/Liberal Alliance out ahead on 67%, it is worth remembering that this year’s UK election exposed how unreliable polls can be.

Fabian Picardo in his No6 office
Fabian Picardo in his No6 office

There are 17 seats to play for in total, meaning the GSD require a swing of four seats.
Picardo and Feetham, along with the rest of their parties, have been campaigning relentlessly for the last month.

Picardo’s left-leaning GSLP have fought to persuade the public that investing savings into Gibraltar’s future is the right path.

The current leader insists the Rock has become far more financially stable under his stewardship.

Daniel Feetham strolls down Main Street
Daniel Feetham strolls down Main Street

However, Feetham and the centralist GSD argue to the contrary. They believe the government has ‘gambled’ with Gibraltar’s future, spending too much money, and kept secrets from its subjects.

Either way, their rivalry has bubbled over at times, most recently with a daft spat over who was the most experienced lawyer in a TV debate, which even made the tabloids in the UK.

But the time for debate is over. Now is the time for Gibraltar to elect its next leaders.

There will be 14 voting booths open from 9am-10pm on Thursday, with the result expected early Friday morning.

Tom Powell

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