WANING SUPPORT: DNA captures just over 1% of electorate; down from 9% when it first emerged

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — After bursting on the election scene and garnering nearly nine percent of the electorate’s vote in 2012, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) for the second consecutive electoral cycle again experienced fleeting support. Despite the party’s new leadership, around just one percent of the electorate voted green. The DNA yet again failed to […]

COMMENDABLE: COG lauds Bahamas for “defining features of a healthy democracy” in snap election

COG suggests code of conduct needed for political parties, candidates and even the media Claim of govt broadcast bias “troubling” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — In its preliminary report on The Bahamas’ 2021 General Election, the Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) advised that the process was credible, inclusive and transparent and expressed confidence that concerns can be resolved. […]

NOW REFINE IT: OAS commends election but notes limited progress on past recommendations

Campaign finance reform and women’s participation highlighted as areas to be addressed OAS report: Challenges were created by unexpected snap election NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While commending The Bahamas and the Parliamentary Registration Department (PRD) for its efforts to hold a safe and effective electoral process during a global pandemic, the Organization of American States (OAS) […]

MAKING HISTORY: Seven women candidates secure House of Assembly seats in Davis administration

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A record number of seven women candidates won House of Assembly seats in the 2021 General Election on Thursday, with incumbent Englerston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin yielding nearly 75 percent in her constituency.  The official tally of votes remained inconclusive up to press time yesterday, with results expected to be completed by last night. […]

BRAVE NEW DAY: PM Minnis concedes election to Philip Davis and the PLP

Davis acknowledges impact of voter disenfranchisement, supression, and COVID-19 fears on voter turnout NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Davis will be the next prime minister of The Bahamas, according to unofficial results last night. Outgoing Prime Minister and Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr Hubert Minnis phoned the Cat Island, Rum […]

WOMEN TO THE FRONT: Voters talk empowerment at the polls; hope for a female prime minister one day

“We need women’s voices in Parliament, and the more we have, the better I think our country will run”  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Several women voters voiced their appreciation for the number of female candidates running in the 2021 General Election at the Fox Hill polls yesterday. Patty Hepburn, 52, expressed how pleased she was with […]

2021 ELECTION FAQS: List of polling divisions

Please note that each constituency has a corresponding set of polling division sites at which registered constituents must cast their ballot. Voters can refer to their voter’s card for their assigned polling division number. All polling stations open at 8am. NEW PROVIDENCE Bain & Grants Town Polling division 1: University of The Bahamas, University Drive […]

Zonta Club of New Providence bids “good luck” to women candidates in upcoming election

NASSAU, Bahamas — The Zonta Club of New Providence (ZCNP) has extended well wishes to all women candidates across the various political parties as they vie for a spot in Parliament in the upcoming general election. One day ahead of Election Day, the ZCNP threw its support behind every woman candidate who has made the […]

2021 ELECTION FAQS: List of candidates and constituencies

NEW PROVIDENCE Bain & Grants Town Travis Robinson (Free National Movement) Wayde Watson (Progressive Liberal Party) Kino Lockhart (Democratic National Alliance) Donna Dorsett-Major (Coalition of Independents) Brenda Harris-Pinder (United Coalition) Michelle Malcolm (Grand Commonwealth Party)     Bamboo Town Renward Wells (Free National Movement) Patricia Deveaux (Progressive Liberal Party) Omar Smith (Democratic National Alliance) Maria Daxon […]

PROTECT VOTING INTEGRITY: PLP pens letter to PRD about alleged errors in advance polling process

“We again repeat the need for two election agents to protect the integrity of the voting process” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Deputy National Coordinator of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Valentine Grimes yesterday issued a letter to Acting Parliamentary Commissioner Lavado Duncanson regarding alleged irregularities found in Thursday’s advance polling process.  In his letter, Grimes claimed […]

EARLY POLL: Thousands cast vote in NP, GB

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Thousands of early voters gathered on New Providence and Grand Bahama yesterday cast their ballots, but were met with a myriad of procedural issues in sweltering heat that frustrated the process even well after the last polls closed at 6:30pm. Chaos erupted at several of the stations, reigniting concerns of the possibility […]

“THEY ARE THE CRISIS”: Davis accuses FNM of employing “voter suppression tricks”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday accused the Free National Movement (FNM) of suppressing votes as the country heads into a general election, asserting that “a lot of Bahamians who want to vote aren’t going to be able to.” “Everywhere I go, and it doesn’t matter where — if […]

“DEMOCRATIC RIGHT”: Wells suggests quarantined and COVID-positive Bahamians will be allowed to vote

“We are treating everybody who comes to the polls as if they are COVID-positive” Cooper slams Wells’ response as “typical” of FNM NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Health Renward Wells suggested the government could follow similar guidelines utilized by the United States during its November 2020 election in accommodating quarantined and COVID-positive voters at the […]