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The Bahamas General Election Results - 2 May 2002

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General elections were held in the Bahamas on 2 May 2002 for all 40 seats in the House of Assembly.

Electoral System

Members of the House of Assembly are elected from single-member constituencies using first-past-the-post voting. The majority party then selects the Prime Minister, who is appointed by the Governor-General.

Political Parties

A total of six parties contested the election. The election was however mainly a contest between the two major parties: the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and the opposition Free National Movement (FNM).

There were 133 candidates in the election. The governing Free National Movement (FNM) presented 40 candidates, while the opposition Progressive Liberal Party of the Bahamas (PLP) put forward 37. 

Background & Campaign

The campaign was marked by slurs relating to drug money and corruption. In the final days before the voting, the FNM revived the scandal over drug money that ten years before had forced the PLP from power. There were insinuations that the PLP had accepted contributions from a tainted bank and a suspected drug lord. On the other hand, the FNM candidate, Mr Turnquest, was accused of corruption with claims that he had awarded contracts for air-conditioning facilities at inflated prices to party supporters.

Results

The Progressive Liberal Party won the elections with 51.8% of the vote (29 of 40 seats),as compared with 40.1% (7) for the Free National Movement and 4.9% (4) for independents. A number of cabinet ministers of the outgoing government lost their seats, including the leader of the FNM, Tommy Turnquest.

Perry Christie was sworn in as Prime Minister on 3 May 2002. On 23 May 2002, Mr Oswald Ingraham was elected Speaker of the House Assembly and Ms. Sharon Wilson President of the Senate.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 90.18%.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 40 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 129,201
Total Invalid Votes 1,355
Total Votes Cast 130,536
Registered Voters 144,758
Voter Turnout 90.18%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Tue, 2 Apr 2002
Nomination Day Thu, 11 Apr 2002
Polling Day Thu, 2 May 2002
First Meeting of Parliament Wed, 22 May 2002
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Seats
Total % votes Number Change
Free National Movement FNM 52,803 40,87% 7 -27
Progressive Liberal Party PLP 66,897 51.78% 29 +23
Bahamas Democratic Movement BDM 414 0.32% 0 -
Coalition + Labour C+L 2,793 2.16% 0 -
Bahamas Constitution Party BCP 12 0.01% 0 -
Bahamas Democratic Movement SUR 10 0.01% 0 -
Independent Candidates IND 6,272 4.85% 4 -4
  Total Valid Votes   137,475 100% 40 -
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Key
DNA = Democratic National Alliance; FNM = Free National Movement; PLP = Progressive Liberal Party; IND = Inpendent candidate; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
The Bahamas Parliamentary Registration Department
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