Bahamas to conduct general elections on 16 September

The government of Bahamas has announced elections prior eight months of the actual date. The Prime Minister of the Bahamas - Dr Hubert Minnis, has announced that he has advised the Governor-General to issue the 'writs of election', which would be held on Thursday 16 September 2021.

Bahamas: The government of Bahamas has announced elections prior eight months of the actual date. The Prime Minister of the Bahamas – Dr Hubert Minnis, has announced that he has advised the Governor-General to issue the ‘writs of election’, which would be held on Thursday 16 September 2021. 

In a live address from the Office of the Prime Minister this morning, the Prime Minister stated that “It is now time for the Bahamian people to choose who they want to lead them as the country moves toward vaccinating every Bahamian who wishes to be vaccinated.”

He further noted that the Bahamas government has so far acquired more than 550,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines. 

Following the statement, he added, “Our goal is to make Bahamas one of the most vaccinated small islands of the developing world in the world.” 

PM Minnis has also urged the political parties to conduct their election campaigns complying with the public health guidelines to make sure that there is no increase in the COVID-19 cases. 

He has also noted his wish that the elections must be conducted peacefully. Last General elections were held in the Bahamas on 10 May 2017. The result was a success for the opposition Free National Movement led by Hubert Minnis, which defeated the ruling Progressive Liberal Party led by – Prime Minister Perry Christie.

In addition, the Education Ministry of the Bahamas island has urged the parents to get their children vaccinated against the deadly COVID-19 mutant as soon as possible, as the country opens vaccination for the students of 12 to 18 years. 

The Ministry further noted in a press release statement, “It has been a longstanding policy of the Ministry of Education that all students entering the public school system are required to be vaccinated in accordance with the routine scheduled immunizations mandated by the Ministry of Health.”