With 25 days left before the 2012 general elections and more than 172,000 Bahamians registered to vote, most of residents polled in Grand Bahama yesterday say they are simply marking time. Parliament was officially dissolved Tuesday, signaling the countdown to what is believed will be the hottest contested election in the history of The Bahamas. Up to this point, the three parties — the governing Free National Movement (FNM), the Progressive Liberal Party and the recently formed Democratic National Alliance (DNA) — have mounted an aggressive campaign to woo the electorate. Now that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has announced the long-awaited date, Grand Bahama residents who intend to vote say they are ready.
More than 26,000 were registered in the nation’s second city, as of last week Monday, and with the numbers still being tallied since the register closed on Tuesday, Parliamentary Registration officials believe there could be up to 27,000. According to Prime Minister Ingraham, 20,000 more women than men are registered to vote and 22,000 more people than the last election have registered. Another record breaking statistic is that more young people between 18 and 38 are on the books for this election.
Full Article: The Freeport News – Grand Bahamians ready to mark their ‘X’.