SET THE DATE: PLP leader tells PM to announce Election Day to lower COVID risks from campaigning

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday urged Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis to pick a date and announce the upcoming general election, as political parties ramp up campaigning amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, Davis admitted that campaigning during a pandemic increases coronavirus risks and urged party […]

FRUSTRATED: Boundaries commission calls for PM’s intervention in obtaining voter registry stats

Moultrie requests voter statistics before end of week to complete report NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Constituencies Commission Chairman and Speaker of the House of Assembly Halson Moultrie yesterday asked Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis to intervene with statistics from the Parliamentary Registration Department, noting that the commission has been unable to complete its recommendation on the […]

RIGHT TO VOTE?: Prisoners on remand should be able to register to vote, asserts attorney

Munroe: Inmates innocent until proven guilty “but nobody is in the prison registering people to vote” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Attorney Wayne Munroe, QC, has suggested that individuals on remand at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS) should be given an opportunity to register to vote. In a recent interview with Eyewitness News, Munroe sought […]

CAMPAIGN RESPONSIBLY: Health minister OKs political campaigning once COVID protocols being followed

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As political parties continue to launch their campaigns in the lead-up to the upcoming election, Minister of Health Renward Wells said yesterday that those events should be done responsibly and following all COVID-19 protocols. Supporters and candidates of major political parties have been hitting the pavement, campaigning in various communities in large […]

BY THE NUMBERS: PLP says it’s “impossible” to have parity with current boundaries

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) is prepared to put forth additional candidates should the Constituencies Commission make changes to the existing boundaries, said PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday. Last week, House Speaker Halson Moultrie, who chairs the commission, advised it is considering recommending additional constituencies to ensure voter parity. Davis insisted […]

TAKE IT TO THE LAWYERS: Police and DNA both seeking legal advice on controversial arrests

DNA intends to pursue legal action NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The matter regarding the arrest of several Democratic National Alliance (DNA) members has been turned over to the police legal department for further review, said Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle yesterday. DNA Leader Arinthia Komolafe and several others were questioned for over five hours at the […]

RECKLESS: House speaker condemns political campaigning; says it exposes residents

PM defends political organizations, claiming health protocols followed NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis once again sought to defend political organizations such as the Free National Movement (FNM) campaigning in various communities in large numbers, Speaker of the House of Assembly and Nassau Village MP Halson Moultrie called the political campaigning “reckless” […]

STEP DOWN, SIR: DNA leader calls for resignation of national security minister amid accusations

Komolafe: Dames is not worthy of “honorable” title NASSAU, BAHAMAS —Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Arinthia Komolafe yesterday called for the resignation of Minister of National Security Marvin Dames over recent comments accusing the political party of injuring police officers. Komolafe and others were last week detained and questioned for over five hours at the […]

“UNWORKABLE ELECTION GIMMICK”: Opposition deputy leader slams PM’s housing plan

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The opposition has expressed serious concerns over the government’s recently announced affordable housing plan for western New Providence, asserting that the Minnis administration is not serious about helping Bahamians realize their dreams of home ownership. Progressive Liberal Party Deputy Leader Chester Cooper said in a statement yesterday that while the party supports […]

IS THERE A GENDER BIAS?: Women in politics speak on challenges of women in leadership in the country

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamian women in politics have differing views on the question of gender bias, however, they all agree it is a topic that must be taken seriously. With the recent detainment of Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Arinthia Komolafe for a protest held weeks ago and former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture […]

DNA ratifies 19 candidates for upcoming election

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) has ratified 19 candidates for the upcoming general election, including its leader, Arinthia Komolafe, who will vie for a seat in Carmichael. The party’s deputy leader, Buscheme Armbrister, will run in Yamacraw and its Chairman Omar Smith in Killarney. The other candidates include: Kino Lockhart for Bains […]

APOLOGY: DNA demands a retraction of national security minister’s claim of officers hurt during protest

Party chairman says group is “perturbed and disturbed by the baseless accusations” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) yesterday demanded that Minister of National Security Marvin Dames apologize for recent comments accusing the political party of injuring police officers during a demonstration held earlier this month. DNA Leader Arintha Komolofe and others were […]

“PLENTY HYPOCRISY”: Hanna-Martin slams FNM govt over “flip-flop” on protests

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Englerston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin on Wednesday accused the Minnis administration of being hypocritical in its position on a recent Democratic National Alliance (DNA) protest that led to several of the members being called in for police questioning. Hanna-Martin, who was making a presentation in Parliament, cried shame on the government for what […]

HOPEFUL CAMARADERIE: Darville confident of Miller’s support in Tall Pines

Senator foreshadows Miller would make “strong contribution” in PLP administration NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Senator Dr Michael Darville, the Tall Pines candidate for the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), expressed confidence today that he and former Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller can work together in “comradery as PLPs” to ensure a victory in the constituency and at […]

DNA leader and 10 others detained for questioning over March 3 demonstration

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Scores of Democratic National Alliance (DNA) supporters gathered outside of the Central Police Station downtown for hours today after DNA Leader Arinthia Komolafe, and 10 other members, including party officials, were detained this morning. The DNA held a demonstration in front of Parliament three weeks ago, on March 3. According to DNA […]