EDITOR, The Tribune.
Last week we celebrated the 54th anniversary of Majority Rule – the day we pay homage to the pioneers of our modern democracy. Whether you stayed safe at home, took a day in at the beach or exercised your constitutional right to protest, we must never forget the day’s importance. I would like us to reflect on three significant submissions contrary to the notion that The Bahamas is a two-party political nation.
- There was no “Two-Party” system in the transition to A New Bahamas.
Since its formation, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) has been pressed against the narrative that we exist in a “two-party system”, but as Winston Churchill once said, “the farther backward a man can look is the farther forward he is likely to see.” On the 10th January 1967, Sir Randol Fawkes led the Labour Party (ie, a third party) to a seat at the table, which led to a short-lived coalition government.
Despite many Bahamians attributing this past event as a victory for the PLP, the truth is, that moment was beyond the UBP, PLP or any other political party to emerge thereafter. A closer look will reveal how we, the average voters, possess the same power to redefine our future for “A New and Better Bahamas”. A New Bahamas that will be pushed to compromise until we get it right for the masses – ultimately advocating for and listening to the unheard cries over many decades. The Bahamian people have a real opportunity or beacon of hope to achieve this, with trust, in a revamped DNA party. A party with visionary leaders that will not fold if elected, and instead deliver and uphold good governance.
- History often repeats itself, so let’s make history for the Better.
If we do not learn from our past, then we will continue to perpetuate the same internal struggles. Indeed, the struggle for economic empowerment, equality of opportunity, and social justice still remain the unheard cries of the Bahamian people.
Since 2017, the DNA has championed issues and supported movements that address good governance, crime, education, environment, energy, food security, health and even our natural resources. We have been the only party to be present and accounted for - advocating for the best policies for a Better Bahamas. For more information visit: https://www.mydnaparty.org/issues The question is, will the average Bahamian register, participate and most importantly vote to ensure an historic change for our policies to be effectively implemented within The Bahamas.
- Your vote matters!
My fellow Bahamians, I understand that many of us are extremely wary about voting in this upcoming general election. However, the next general election will undoubtedly be one of the most important elections of our lifetime. There is no need for apathy at the final hour; despite our challenges and disappointments with the status quo, we must always exercise our franchise and not forfeit our right to determine who leads our nation. Millennials, Generation Z, and women voters will play pivotal roles in the outcome of the election. I implore you to continue practising discernment towards the status quo and demanding more from those in power. The power to challenge the so-called two-party system is in your hands. I pray that we remember that our right to assemble, to participate, and to vote in our democracy is ours and ours alone. Be kind to each other and mobilise safely and wisely in 2021.
BOYKIN G SMITH
January 20, 2021.