The current leader of the party is Hubert Minnis  and his deputy is Peter Turnquest. It dominated the General Election held on 10 May , winning 35 of the 39 seats in the Legislature. Levarity , Maurice E. Moore , Dr. The other group, the UBP , was one of the main political parties in the Bahamas and had governed the country since the advent of party politics in , until it lost the general election by a paper thin margin to the Opposition PLP.
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With three weeks left until the general election, two of the three major parties jockeying for your vote on May 7 have released their blueprints for governance. Last Thursday night, before thousands of jubilant supporters who converged at R.
It places a heavy focus on youth development, national volunteering, business expansion and economic development of the Family Islands. However, the party asserted that it had been releasing critical components of Our Plan, such as its crime fighting platform Project Safe Bahamas and a mortgage relief scheme for homeowners facing foreclosure, over the past several months. While this is by no means an exhaustive look at Manifesto , I have highlighted a few areas which should be of concern to voters.
In no other area has this administration faced more criticism and backlash than its crime fighting strategy. It is not surprising then that the fight against crime is listed as the main concern of the next FNM administration. Low visibility is a common complaint from many in society who feel that officers spend too much time in their squad rooms and not enough time patrolling known criminal hot spots and neighborhoods which have become targets for housebreakers and armed robbers.
The FNM said during its next term in office, it will boost the ranks of the Royal Bahamas Police Force by officers; require officers to spend half of their weekly shifts working the beat; and require police to spend as much time on the streets at night as they do in the daytime.
The FNM also said it will marry community policing with modern technology to increase the predictive capability of the police force and expand closed circuit television to assist in crime prevention and criminal detection. The FNM also says it will require district constables to hold monthly meetings in their areas to keep residents aware of crimes committed in their communities.
While placing more police on the streets and beefing up the command of the RBPF may put some residents at ease and catch a few criminals in the act, it will do nothing to root out the spirit of lawlessness, disorder and general disregard for human life that so many in our society are afflicted with. Focusing on at-risk youth, instilling positive values, education and affirmative life skills are the only long-term solution to the crisis our country is faced with.
One such policy is identifying troubled youth when they display anti-social or violent behavior in the school system. Under its education platform, the FNM promised to ensure that every child is adequately numerate and literate before he or she leaves the third grade. The manifesto says the FNM will create a mandatory work experience program if elected for another term, which will ensure that all high school seniors complete a minimum number of apprenticeship hours before being allowed to graduate.
The FNM also plans to place a heavier focus on skills training by expanding technical and vocational skills training offered at public high schools and increasing the budget allocation to the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute BTVI. The next FNM administration also plans to bolster programs at BTVI so that it can certify skills levels and standards for Bahamians trained in construction, plumbing, masonry, electrical work, etc. Another key issue in this election will be job creation.
The unemployment rate for young people was 34 percent and the unemployment rate in Grand Bahama stood at Unemployment and crime go hand in hand and in order to stem the level of violence and theft on our streets, the government must focus on job creation.
In order to stimulate job creation, a responsible government must look out for small businesses and create grants and stipends which allow them to remain afloat and keep people employed. In its manifesto, the FNM said it will foster small and medium business development by giving more incentives to the manufacturing and industrial sectors; it will promote and encourage small resorts and bonefishing lodges that are Bahamian owned; and give incentives to entrepreneurs to open up shops in the Family Islands and create employment in those communities.
If re-elected, the FNM says it will also offer a one-time apprenticeship financial incentive to manufacturers for each apprentice they take on. Although tax reform is noted in the manifesto under its plans to modernize the economy, just how the FNM will address the issue if re-elected is not made clear.
Financial analysts have long maintained that the country has to move away from its heavily customs based tax regime to another taxation system which makes us more competitive in the global trade market. Tax reform is also needed so that this country can fully comply with international trade agreements such as the one signed with the World Trade Organization. Bahamians are expected to turn up at the polls in record numbers to vote in a new government.
This election cycle there are many choices. Three parties are fielding 38 candidates each and there are a handful of independents and fringe party members all hoping to be elected to Parliament come May 7. In New Providence, it is now impossible to avoid the billboards and posters with the smiling faces of political hopefuls which crowd every corner, or to ignore the political ads filled with promises and election pledges which play every few minutes on the radio and television.
In between the gibes, wisecracks and blame laying which are thrown about at political rallies are slivers of the real issues that will affect this country for the next five years and beyond. The concerned voter, and every Bahamian interested in the future of this country, should make an informed choice based on the policies and promises each party and candidate has made on the campaign trail, along with their records in office.
The discerning voter should decipher the grandiose promises from the probable initiatives that can be implemented over a five-year period before he or she makes a choice. Friday, Jun 5, Obituaries About Us. National Review. April 16, The Nassau Guardian. Crime In no other area has this administration faced more criticism and backlash than its crime fighting strategy. Education Under its education platform, the FNM promised to ensure that every child is adequately numerate and literate before he or she leaves the third grade.
Jobs Another key issue in this election will be job creation. Tax reform Although tax reform is noted in the manifesto under its plans to modernize the economy, just how the FNM will address the issue if re-elected is not made clear. Vote wisely Bahamians are expected to turn up at the polls in record numbers to vote in a new government.
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Manifesto 2012: The FNM’s new plan
Following the recommendation of the Boundary Commission in November , the statutory number of members was reduced from 41 to 38 starting from the elections. A total of four parties contested the election. There were candidates in the election - men and 22 women. It criticized the Free National Movement FNM government, led by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, for not having done enough to stimulate the Bahamian economy, which was yet to recover from the global economic crisis.
PLP blasts FNM following release of Manifesto 2012
As of Friday, April 13, The FNM's Manifesto can be viewed here. I always tell my children "if you are smart be proud to show it off" because fool seems to glory in foolishess. I invite you sir in all your wisdom and audacity to find local investors to replace the foriegn investors, put your money power where your mouth power is!!!!