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Pinder Rejects Findings Of Election Poll

By AVA TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter

aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

PLP candidate Ryan Pinder yesterday predicted he will win the Elizabeth seat by hundreds of votes, dismissing survey results that put him in a deadlock with FNM candidate Duane Sands.

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Ryan Pinder

Mr Pinder said it was clear that the Progressive Liberal Party will be elected as the next government of The Bahamas.

If chosen for a cabinet position, Mr Pinder theorised that his portfolio would centre around his institutional knowledge of the financial services industry.

"I'm far ahead of Dr Sands on the ground," Mr Pinder said. "Polls are only as good as the date it was taken. What I have been seeing on the ground is overwhelming support for myself."

"You can get a survey to say whatever you want," Mr Pinder said. "We're on the ground, we have a very dynamic campaign in Elizabeth. We insist on speaking with every voter, we will circle back and circle back until we speak with everyone.

"I have a tremendous amount of confidence that I will win by a large margin, the PLP will win a significant margin in this election you just have to take an objective look at the rallies. Both big parties will draw big crowds that's expected, but the PLP's crowd at every event is larger and larger and larger, that's a tell-tale sign, look at the young people that attend PLP functions, we've gotten an unbelievable amount of support at the rallies from the young people."

On a radio talk show yesterday, Mr Pinder said that the government's decision to disband the Ministry of Financial Services has largely contributed to the country's descent in industry ranking.

The ministry is evidence of PLP Leader Perry Christie's dynamism, according to Mr Pinder, who said that the initiative was mirrored by industry competitors, the Cayman Islands.

"Since this government has taken office, every single measuring cycle for the index that measures your competitiveness, your ranking, we've dropped as a country," he said.

"We have lost our competitive edge, we have lost our progressive and dynamic policy-making that we saw under the Perry Christie administration."

He added: "When the Prime Minister disbanded the ministry of financial services he did not disband the regulatory functions, he disbanded the policy making functions, and you can't disband policy making functions in a highly globally competitive industry and expect to keep pace with your neighbours."

Comments

Apostle 2 years, 4 months ago

Isn't that something? Ryan ain't even elected yet and already talking about being appointed to the Cabinet. This is just like the PLP and he's fitting right in. WOW. Man I can see the fight should the unlikely possibility that the PLP would win. He has tremendous confidence as he says to the point of being arrogant.

You are right when you say that polls don't win election. Votes do. Bet yet you say your survey tells you that you will win. How foolish? Less you forget, in the election that placed you into parliament. Sands had won and that was overturned after a court hearing. Unless you have some magical way of determining what voters will do on election day, you should not make such boasts, but continue to work and hope the people see it your way come election day.

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Victor 2 years, 4 months ago

I agree with 'Ryan the Lion' that the poll is probably nonsense as I don't trust any Bahamian poll outfit, but I expect that the boundary cuts will do him in regardless.

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concernedcitizen 2 years, 4 months ago

yeah we need a ministry of financial services so the minister can fill his closet with money again....

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conian 2 years, 4 months ago

I am seriously concerned for Mr. Pinder's Health. Who is he running against? He sure looked like he was going to have a coronary for sure. Doc , stand by.

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