The main opposition party in the Bahamas – the Free National Movement (FNM) – says it regards the upcoming general election as a “referendum on the failed government leadership” and urged Bahamians to ensure they are registered to vote by April 10.
The country’s Prime Minister Perry Christie, said over the weekend that the Parliament would be dissolved on April 11.
No date has yet been announced for the general elections, however, Christie did indicate that he would “cause the writs of elections to be issued the same day” Parliament is dissolved.
In a statement, FNM leader Hubert Minnis said the announcement of the election date “signals an opportunity for a referendum on the failed government leadership that has been the unfortunate experience of all Bahamians over the last 5 years.”
“It gives rise to a new time for Bahamians, an era in which we can build upon the vision for a hopeful and prosperous future that all deserve. Bahamians will no longer have to suffer under a government that ignores the demand for transparency and accountability. With your vote, a corrupt government that cares more about lining their own pockets than supporting Bahamians can come to an end,” Minnis said.
Meanwhile, the smaller opposition Democratic National Alliance (DNA) wants a fixed date for elections, saying “the lack of which has added to confusion in the aftermath of the prime minister’s announcement”.
The party is also urging Bahamians to ensure they are registered, adding “the moment to firmly grasp the reigns of our country and change its fortunes is nearly upon us.
The last general election in the Bahamas was on May 8, 2012 with the PLP winning 30 of the 38 seats in Parliament. -(CMC)