Large billboards dominate the landscape along King’s Highway, some artful, others strongly-worded. It’s election season in the westernmost district of the Bahamas, and for a few weeks, it’s red and gold, not the typical turquoise, that define Bimini. Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has called elections for May 7, and Bimini, which is part of the West End (of Grand Bahama) and Bimini constituency, is heating up. While a third party, the Democratic National Alliance, launched in the country in 2011, it’s the ruling Free National Movement’s red and the Progressive Liberal Party’s blue and gold that cover the island.
The FNM and Ingraham lead the government, but Bimini’s seat is held by the PLP’s Obie Wilchcombe, who is facing off against the FNM’s Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe, a former journalist. Bimini will play a role in choosing the country’s next government, which will be led by either current Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, the PLP’s Perry Christie (who served as PM from 2002 to 2007) or the DNA’s Branville McCartney (a former FNM MP).
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