Bahamas goes to the polls on May 10

Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie announced earlier last week that the general election will be held on May 10.

Christie’s announcement came minutes after Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade, acting in his capacity as provost marshal, read a proclamation from Governor-General, Dame Marguerite Pindling, dissolving Parliament.

In his address, the incumbent prime minister said, “It is now left to you, the citizenry of our beloved nation, to decide who will fill those seats in the next House of Assembly. In doing so, you will also be deciding who will form the government of The Bahamas for the next 5 years.

Christie, led his Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) to victory in the 2012 general election defeating the then ruling Free National Movement (FNM) party for control of the 41 seat Parliament.

The economy will be one of the focal issues in this election – the PLP has fallen short of a promised 15 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth.
Christie and his PLP are being challenged by Branville McCartney and his Democratic National Alliance (DNA) party and Hubert Minnis and his FNM.