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The Bahamas General Election Results - 7 May 2012

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General elections were held in the Bahamas on 7 May 2012 for all 38 seats in the House of Assembly. Following the recommendation of the Boundary Commission in November 2011, the statutory number of members was reduced from 41 to 38 starting from the 2012 elections.

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 four parties contested the election. There were 133 candidates in the election - 111 men and 22 women. This was the first general election in which a third party offered a full slate of candidates along with the two major parties.

Background & Campaign

The Free National Movement had defeated the Progressive Liberal Party in the 2007 general election amid a scandal involving the residency status of model and reality television star Anna Nicole Smith and allegations that the PLP's then-immigration minister had fast-tracked her application to live in the islands.

Results

The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), led by former Prime Minister Perry Christie, won a resounding victory, taking 29 of the 38 seats at stake. It criticized the Free National Movement (FNM) government, led by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, for not having done enough to stimulate the Bahamian economy, which was yet to recover from the global economic crisis. The FNM fell from 23 to only nine seats in parliament. Mr. Ingraham, who himself was re-elected, announced that he would retire from front-line politics. On 8 May, Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes swore in Mr. Christie for his second term in office, five years after his first premiership between 2002 and 2007.

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 90.78%.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 38 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 155,946
Total Invalid Votes 142
Total Votes Cast 156,088
Registered Voters 171,932
Voter Turnout 90.78%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Tue, 10 Apr 2012
Nomination Day Tue, 17 Apr 2012
Polling Day Mon, 7 May 2012
First Meeting of Parliament Wed, 23 May 2012
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Branville McCARTNEY
Democratic National Alliance (DNA)
  Photo Hubert INGRAHAM
Free National Movement (FNM)
  Photo Perry CHRISTIE
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP)
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SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes Seats
Total % votes Number Change
Free National Movement FNM 65,633 42.09% 9 -12
Progressive Liberal Party PLP 75,815 48.62% 29 +10
Democratic National Alliance DNA 13,225 8.48% 0 -1
Bahamas Constitution Party BCP 96 0.06% 0 -
Independent Candidates IND 1,177 0.75% 0 -
  Total Valid Votes   155,946 100% 38 -3
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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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