PM defends decision to call early election

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis with supporters after voting.

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis with supporters after voting.

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Tribune Chief Reporter


AFTER voting in the Killarney constituency, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis responded to criticism that the early election was ill-timed as the country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Critics, including some of the nation's foremost physicians, have expressed grave concerns that the nation’s public healthcare system will continue to teeter on the verge of collapse as they predict increased virus cases. The situation has led to stressed resources for months.

“I would only say when is the best time?” Dr Minnis said after both he and his wife Patricia voted at New Providence Community Center on Blake Road.

“Canada called an election. (The) United States had an election. Jamaica had an election. Bermuda had an election, and a host of other countries had an election. The question that one should ask, let’s assume that we had waited until May, and we were still in the pandemic. Do you think the opposition would have allowed us to delay it until we came out of the pandemic?

“We say we need an extra six months to come out of the pandemic, you think they would?

“So, when is the right time?”

Regarding the election process, Dr Minnis said officials learned from the mistakes of last week’s advanced poll.

The Tribune canvassed many polling stations where most voters said the process was smooth and went by quickly. Some, however, said they were not pleased with insufficient signage at stations leading to some confusion in locating polling divisions.

“It was very simple and straightforward. In terms of protocol, the protocols were excellent so there was no possibility of any form of viral exposure,” Dr Minnis said.

He also said: “I think everything is a learning process and you learn from history. That’s how you advance your country, and the advanced poll may have had one or two glitches however they worked it out and everything went smoothly. From what I have seen here everything is going very smoothly.”

Asked whether he had concerns about low voter turnout, Dr Minnis said he was of the view that Bahamians were very anxious to vote as it was their constitutional right.

He said he anticipated that at least more than 90 percent of the electorate would turn out to vote.


DonAnthony 1 year, 2 months ago

Why is the man that PM has his arm around unmasked?


KapunkleUp 1 year, 2 months ago

Probably took his worm medication this morning and thinks he's now immune.


TalRussell 1 year, 2 months ago

@ComradeDonAnthony, the 2021 Election is still a moving picture — Reports, I'm privy to, — points something — big may be happening as closing 3 tense hours, — fades into election history, — Yes?


joeblow 1 year, 2 months ago

... the 3 unmasked people in the picture (baby included) is a summary of Minnis's administration -- politics is more important than lives. Not sure "Brave" would have done any better!


ThisIsOurs 1 year, 2 months ago

This man makes tge wirst decisions because he ignores half of the data points. Did those countries call an election in the middle of the worst surge theyd experienced to date?

If the FNM wins I hope the reporters do a much better job of calling them out in nonsense

Not surprised at the low voter turnout. Said so from last year and I believe before COVID showed up, the FNM was counting on people voting for them because they didnt want the PLP completely ignoring the fact that there was a constituency of people who'd already decided not to waste their time on any of the lot


ThisIsOurs 1 year, 2 months ago

Nice job treating every voter like they had COVID


SP 1 year, 2 months ago

Calling and early election leading to an early cut-ass!


ohdrap4 1 year, 2 months ago

The Tribune reporters are shell shocked and will not report the FNM loss.


JokeyJack 1 year, 2 months ago

The results are fine with me. I have been trying to think of what to do with my one acre of crown land, and hadn't yet come up with any plans. At least now i don't have to. My landlord is pleased also.


Proguing 1 year, 2 months ago

He though that Bahamians could not wait for May 2022 to re-elect him. It reminds me of the Perry Christie's referendum on gambling. These politicians are totally disconnected from reality.


SP 1 year, 2 months ago

Total agreement politicians are disconnected from reality. Pindling, Ingraham, Christie, and Minnis, became stupid drunk with power as PM's.

As soon as they won, every last one of them immediately forgot the people and jumped in bed with special interest groups.

This is why the people have to vote them out every 5 years!


John 1 year, 2 months ago

That is what happens when you rely or foreign advisers to give crucial advice. You cannot quantify the culture and emotions of Bahamian people, neither can you discount the value it has in decision making. Minnis had November, First part of December, January February aMarch and several months to call ‘early’ or snap elections. But he chose to play a mind game. He bet wrong and called the election in the height of the pandemic when Bahamians were seeing friends, family and loved ones die like never before. Minnis can justify keeping churches and beaches closed, limiting or having funerals and weddings and other social events . But dragging Grammy or papa out in their wheelchair or with their canes to vote and standing in long lines. Minnis hosted the most and largest super spreader events in the country, including the early polls and the general elections. He spent his entire campaign attacking Brave Davis but not giving Bahamians answers then wanted or needed. And the Bahamian people wasn’t playing that game . So Minnis suffered probably the greatest defeat in the history of Bahamian politics. And Bahamians still don’t know why he called an early election.


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