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Election Day – As It Happened

Voters at St Andrew's polling division in Yamacraw. Photos: Donavan McIntosh/Tribune staff

Voters at St Andrew's polling division in Yamacraw. Photos: Donavan McIntosh/Tribune staff

• LIVE COVERAGE OF THE GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS CAN BE FOUND HERE

2.45pm: Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis speaks with the media and joins supporters after voting in Killarney.

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Killarney

1.55pm: The Progressive Liberal Party said an issue with a ballot was raised at a Yamacraw polling station and it is seeking to have the matter addressed.

“Please note that in Yamacraw a voter was given a ballot with a mark on it,” the PLP said. “The voter noticed the mark and asked for another ballot. The legal team is having voting suspended to have all ballots checked.”

1.30pm: Voting in St Anne's said to be busy but organised. AF Adderley, polling station for Garden Hills, said to be quiet but organised.

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FNM Tall Pines incumbent Don Saunders.

12.30pm: DON Saunders, FNM Tall Pines incumbent says he’s confident the party will reclaim the constituency. 
He is vying for the seat against former minister of health Dr Michael Darville, of the Progressive Liberal party.

Both candidates were at Aquinas College on Gladstone Road where scores of voters trickled into vote for their pick.

“From what I’m seeing today I think Tall Pines is going to be back in the column for the Free National Movement,” Mr Saunders said.

He said he was pleased with the way the voting process unfolded today.

“…The day is a 300,000 degree turn from what we experienced last week,” he said. "I think persons came early as expected.

“Protocol in my view is being adhered to. Persons were very organised and orderly and I want to congratulate Bahamians for continuing to exercise their constitutional right and doing it in a decent way.”

When he spoke to reporters, Dr Darville said he thought the process had gone well.

“Early this morning we had a little backlog but now it's really moving smoothly. So, for those individuals who are voting in Tall Pines the Aquinas College now is set and we encourage everyone to come out.

“I’m very pleased that things are going quite well.”

12.20pm: PLP Leader ​Philip 'Brave' Davis on the ground in San Salvador. (Photos by the PLP)

12.00pm: A sign listing Tall Pines polling divisions to assist in the smooth flow of voters.

11.25am: Voters queue at Polling Division 9 at Freeport Primary School. The voter traffic has been moderate there. The lines at the other polling divisions 7, 12 and 11 has been slow.

11.15am: More on that row at Government High School earlier this morning after Mount Moriah incumbent Marvin Dames accused Progressive Liberal Party supporters of campaigning at the polling site on Election Day.

In an interview with The Tribune, National Security Minister Marvin Dames called the move "unacceptable", warning that campaigning is over and now is the time for the Bahamians to make their choice – full story HERE.

11.00am: A voter at HO NASH talking about the voting process and how it could have gone smoother.

HO Nash

10.50am: Stalls set up outside Gerald Cash Primary School where there are several polling divisions for the Carmichael constituency.

Carmichael

10.35am: Voters at the St Andrew's School Polling division.

10.20am: THE country’s curfew has been pushed back until 11.59pm today, according to the latest Emergency Powers Order signed by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

The notice came as thousands of Bahamians head to the polls to vote on Election Day.

“Notwithstanding any other order imposing a curfew, on Thursday the 16 of September, the curfew shall start at 11.59pm and continue until 5am the next morning in every island which has a curfew imposed.”

The normal curfew will resume on Friday, the order states.

10.00am: There was a heated exchange in Mount Moriah after the area's MP and Minister of National Security Marvin Dames accused Keod Smith – a former Mount Moriah MP – of campaigning.

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Mount Moriah Presiding officer Clarence Russell urging voters to adhere to the social distancing protocols afterwards.

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9.45am: Scenes in the Killarney constituency on election morning.

9.40am: Dr David Allen at H O Nash School where he voted. As a senior citizen he said he was pleased with the process.

Dr David Allen

9.35am: People waiting at classrooms to vote at St Andrews International School - polling station for Yamacraw.

9.25am: Video showing a police inspector speaking to the crowd earlier this morning to ensure voters are aware of the correct polling station.

Mount Moriah

9.15am: This video shows crowds outside a polling station in Fox Hill. People are congregated outside because guards are ensuring that only 20 people are allowed on the grounds at a time. PLP Chairman and candidate Fred Mitchell said: “I’m pleased at the turnout. Looks like people aren’t suppressed because of the COVID regs. I haven’t gone to the other stations but it seems most people are satisfied that the station started on time.”

Fox Hill polling station

9.10am: Voting in the General Election is underway – we'll keep you up-to-date throughout the day as The Bahamas goes to the polls.

Comments

bahamianson 1 month ago

Looking at this line gives.me the idea that the.government shokld have made the election a two day process , so there would be.no rush. They could have down ladt names A through k will vote today , and whatever letter comes after.K through z votes tomorrow. This line will take all day. I can hear.the.complaints already.

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Clamshell 1 month ago

I believe L comes after K … but who knows what they’re teaching these days … 🤣

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C2B 1 month ago

What if you don't know what's after K and you show up on the wrong day? All the days end in Y so it can be a challenge. LOL

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TalRussell 1 month ago

Anxious see if at clock's striking.— precisely at the audible gong's eight o'clock hour. — if the election's final results will be — credibly predictably?
My laser focus, shall be glued to which way Abaco, Grand Bahama, Montagu, South Beach, and, the big banana, — Killarney, — the majority of voters, — do swings, — Yes?

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stillwaters 1 month ago

Oh my....we are doing better today😊😊😊😊

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ThisIsOurs 1 month ago

Luckily we got a 2nd chance on this.

Unfortunately not all crises will allow you the opportunity. We need a comprehensive review of every individual in these key positions everywhere to ensure they are qualified for the job and competent. Lives are literally at risk. Crises dont happen often but when they do the stakes are high, you need people who can think quickly, understand the regular procedures well and can adjust them to make the situation on the ground make sense. You absolutely cannot have people like Marvin Dames and Renward Wells who are always willing to say a complete mess is excellent performance.

Its why experience is so important. Not everything is the realm of the young. Over all those years youve gotten a deep understanding of the operation, witnessed various incidents and responses and did your post assessments on what could have been done better and what definitely does not work. You bring all of that knowledge to those situations you've "never seen before".

"Never seen before" CANNOT be the excuse for a leader's failings

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bahamianson 1 month ago

Davis , grimes , and sands do not look like they are 6 feet apart in this photo

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DDK 1 month ago

COVID can't touch them, they're special!!

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licks2 1 month ago

This polling process is very easy. . .no hang-ups!! Bing-bang. . .in and out, no sweat!! I think the separations of senior citizens may have helpp some. . .in and out like a breeze!!

People are for the most part een wearing party colors. . .mostly PLP them wearing their yellow. . .but them other folks een checking for no colors!! The last two elections I saw this kind of "focused" polling. . .one party was in for a serious cut hip!! One party got 8 seats and the other time the other party got 4 seats!! The only people you can identify are PLP generally, , ,few FNM and othe parties!! This one ger be the boom. . .them Bahamians are on a mission!!

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KapunkleUp 1 month ago

“…The day is a 300,000 degree turn from what we experienced last week,” ... carry the 2 ... ... ... that's almost the exact same direction you started from.

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One 1 month ago

"300,000 degree turn" What does that even mean? These politicians really don't care. Just tell us peasants spectacular and entertaining things to get voted in. Not saying anything of substance. It's disgusting.

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JokeyJack 1 month ago

Lincoln has all substance. Plans clear in video and text on the website. CoalitionOfIndependents.com

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TalRussell 1 month ago

2021 Election Update: — Da Guardian's, Comrade Talkie Show Host, is so avoiding anything/anyone, wantin' engage him in politics/transvestites.
— Em's, given switch gears over to talking about the —Crazy Hill, Lepers, and Exposing Ya Penis.— pretty much anything, — so as not to displease the Reds, just in case his idol, Sea Breeze's Jeff, and his band Reds pull off a majority government win. Such silence — not a single one the Guardian's other talkies, have not gone into voluntarily blackout quarantine over, — Yes?

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stillwaters 1 month ago

And in the midst of all this....13 covid deaths reported today

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John 1 month ago

Why do I always get people standing next to me who doesn’t want to keep the bare minimum of three feet? If you don’t know what tree feet is, the average Bahamian has a size ten foot. So if you put one foot of the other one three times. That is roughly the minimum you should come close to a person. But for safety it should be six feet or twice that distance. And if you can stretch your hand out and touch the person, you and them are definitely too close.

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John 1 month ago

But the voting process seems to be peaceful and orderly. And moving more smoothly than the early polls. Since the voter’s register is now permanent, hopefully by next election there will be smart voter’s cards that are machine readable that will record when you vote and other relevant information.

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baclarke 1 month ago

I voted around 2:30 and thankfully my polling division was completely empty!

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licks2 1 month ago

Typical. . .early morning and late evening are ya kickers them!! Mid day they usually come in one-one!

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licks2 1 month ago

15 minutes and it is history!!! Good sailing to both of the major parties!!! To you all who were honest with us around and to you all who were just ninnies in how you used your thinking. . .those in the PLP and those from the FNM. . ."IT OWA"! The people have spoken. . .whatever it be!!

In the morning we will have Prime Minister Minnis or Davis!!

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rodentos 1 month ago

Does he realize that degree turns are modulo 360°? So a 300.000 degree turn is actually a 120° "turn"....

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