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All Leadership Positions Open At Dna Conference

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DNA interim leader Chris Mortimer.

By MORGAN ADDERLEY

Tribune Staff Reporter

madderley@tribunemedia.net

THE Democratic National Alliance will be holding its next convention at the end of the month, where all leadership positions will be open for election, interim leader Christopher Mortimer announced.

Mr Mortimer said he will “not be offering for election as leader” but will remain a party member and supporter. However, he declined to give specifics on other candidates for this position.

“There are a number of persons who will be offering, so I don’t think we want to prejudice at this particular point in time, the process,” he said on Monday. “The leadership process and the roles are open to all persons who are members of the party who are financial.”

The convention will be held February 22-23 and will “articulate the DNA’s plans for a 21st century Bahamas and chart the course for a nation where innovation is the norm and economic empowerment is a reality for our people.”

Mr Mortimer made these remarks during a press conference held at the Courtyard Marriott yesterday.

Describing both the Free National Movement and Progressive Liberal Party as “two sides of the same coin”, Mr Mortimer insisted the third party is the “only viable option for real change in our nation”.

He noted the party’s last convention was held in 2016, which was followed by a conclave in 2018. During this conclave, party leadership and members conducted a “post-mortem” of its poor performance in the 2017 general election. The party’s founding leader, Branville McCartney, stepped down following that election.

“Our country is at a crossroad,” Mr Mortimer said yesterday. “The Bahamian people voted out the (PLP) with the hopes that the (FNM) will be different. Unfortunately, they have proven us to be right in that they are two sides of the same coin with corruption, cronyism, nepotism, conflicts of interest and fiscal mismanagement being the order of the day during their first 20 months in office.”

Mr Mortimer cited many perceived failures of the Minnis administration, including the increase in value added tax, the Oban Energies deal, the country being blacklisted by international groups, “(giving) a sitting Cabinet minister a contract for the main post office and more recently (being) chastised by the chief magistrate for the ‘egregious’ actions of two Cabinet ministers.”

He further accused the FNM of being elected “without a plan” while saying the PLP has “no moral authority” to condemn the current administration.

“I think the Bahamian people will choose the DNA in the next election,” Mr Mortimer continued.

He also reiterated the party’s commitment to women and women’s issues, noting in the last election the DNA “had more female candidates than any other party combined.”

Mr Mortimer also highlighted the party’s support of young people and encouraged them to “be the change that (they) want to see.”

Comments

licks2 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I see why you gone. . .good riddance. . . stupid kind of politics!! Just look at this foolish statement!! Carry ya trifling tail. . .parasitical people sucking persons. . .I bet any money he will be in one of the major parties come next election. . .looking out for themselves!!! This will just show what he is made of. . .

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Well_mudda_take_sic 6 months, 2 weeks ago

The DNA was never a viable political organization for all too many obvious reasons. LMAO

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licks2 6 months, 2 weeks ago

This is the DNA only time of being viable. . .THE PEOPLE WILL NOT ELECT THE PLP. . .AND THEY ARE DISGRUNTLE WITH THIS NEW TYPE OF GOVERNMENT. . .IT IS NATURAL THAT CHANGE-AGENT GOVERNMENTS GET A SOCIAL "MUDDY" AND CAN LOSE THE THE NEXT ELECTION. . .THEREFORE, THE PEOPLE ARE WONT TO LOOK AT A DNA. . .THE NEXT TWO PARTIES ARE THE DNA AND THE FNM. . .THE PLP IS DEAD FOREVER MORE. . .THEM AND ALL THEY CHILDREN THEM!! WE ALL KNOW THEY ARE CRIMINALS. . .CORRUPT TO THEIR CORE!!

The grass roots were talking about a DNA --FNM wrestling match come next election. . .the PLP is buried right next to the UBP. . .they sold out their people!! THE DNA IS THE BALANCE. . .SHE WILL KEEP THE TWO-WAY POLITICAL PARTY SYSTEM GOING. . .THE PLP IN NO MORE AN OPTION!!

To bring out a new wrestling partner for the FNM come next election will wake "the i'een kno you bouy" in the Bahamian electorate. . .and the DNA been around here for almost 20 years. . .a long time in Bahamian political likability. . .WE ONLY HATE HOW THE PRESENT DNA ATTEMPT TO DO POLITICS. . .THE OLD STUPID WAY. . .NOT THAT WE DON'T LIKE THE DNA. . .IT HOW THEY WANT TO DO STUPID POLITICS AS USUAL!!

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Well_mudda_take_sic 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Cast your vote for the new BFH party (Bahamas For Haitians party). It's time we had true majority rule! LMAO

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joeblow 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Disbanding Now Acceptable (DNA)!

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DDK 6 months, 2 weeks ago

No former FNM or PLP need apply unless their DNA has been altered! Also please scan all potential candidates for level of corruptibility. If this party wants to make any kind of an impression on the People this time, a major bucking up is needed, NOW! The Country is in desperate need of a fresh ruling party, or at least a viable opposition.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 6 months, 2 weeks ago

You and many others like you will only find that you're five years too late come the next general election. You need to start thinking now about a summer ranch in Montana or Wyoming and a winter home on the Costa Rican coast.

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sheeprunner12 6 months, 1 week ago

DNA is no longer a viable political entity ......... Dead like UBP, CDR, SDP, BDP, FNDM, FreePLP, Vanguard, etc. ............ Flash in the pan, kabutts, DOA.

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