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BAHAMAS | Opposition party wants public debates ahead of May 10 poll

rime Minister Perry Christie (center) flanked by DNA leader Branville McCartney (Left) and FNM leader Dr. Hurbert Minnis (Right) rime Minister Perry Christie (center) flanked by DNA leader Branville McCartney (Left) and FNM leader Dr. Hurbert Minnis (Right)
NASSAU, Bahamas, Apr 14, CMC – The minority opposition Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is calling for at least three public debates ahead of the May 10 general elections in the Bahamas.

DNA leader, Branville McCartney, said he had written to the leaders of the two other main political parties, Prime Minister Perry Christie of the ruling Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and Dr. Hubert Minnis of the main opposition Free National Movement (FNM) urging them to participate in the initiative.

Bahamas leaders
Prime Minister Perry Christie (center) flanked by DNA leader Branville McCartney (Left) and FNM leader Dr. Hurbert Minnis (Right)

“The DNA therefore challenges the leaders of both the PLP and FNM to a series of public debates so that all three parties may present their vision to the voting public, to voice their visions for the future,” he said, adding that the letters were sent Thursday.

“We have been in contact with the University of the Bahamas who has graciously agreed to host the debates.” he added.

McCartney said that he was urging the leaders of the two other political parties to join him “in providing the Bahamian people with a real look at the leaders we might be and where our parties will take this country.

“If you are proud of the country which you helped create, if you are confident that your plans are indeed the best way forward for Bahamians and if you believe as strongly in the ideals you have espoused on the rally stage then agree to a debate on the issues and give Bahamians a real chance to compare the ideas and ideals of each organization.

“I believe the DNA has the strongest ideas, the strongest cadre of candidates and I am prepared to put those ideas and our ability to execute them side by side any other plan presented by any other organization.”

The DNA leader said that he believes Bahamians will not “blindly follow any politician.

“We will question our government… we will hold our government accountable and we will demand that our government work for us! We’re ready to put our ideas and candidates on the table and let the Bahamian people decide… Will the FNM and the PLP do the same? We’ll find out soon,”. McCartney said.

Both the PLP and the FNM have said they are confident in winning the election. In the 2012 poll, the PLP defeated the then ruling FNM by a 29-9 margin to take control of the 41-seat parliament.

  • Countries: Bahamas