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The Bahamas General Election Results - 10 May 2017

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General elections were held in the Bahamas on 10 May 2017 for all seats in the House of Assembly. The number of seats in the House of Assembly has increased from 38 to 39 following the decision of the Boundaries Commission in December 2016.

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. There were 140 candidates in the election.

Background & Campaign

During the election campaigning, the FNM campaigned on a platform for change, promising to promote "Bahamian ownership in the economy". The PLP's campaign was reportedly overshadowed by corruption scandals and the delayed opening of a $4.2bn mega-resort called Baha Mar, owned by a foreign company (see note 2). The agreement signed between the PLP Government and the buyer of the Baha Mar in April stipulates further financial contribution of the Government, write off of debt as well as the issuing of work permits for foreign workers. 

Results

The Free National Movement (FNM), led by Mr. Hubert Minnis, ousted Prime Minister Perry Christie's Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) winning 35 seats to 4 in the 39-member House of Assembly (see note 1). The outgoing Prime Minister himself lost the seat he had held since 1977. On 11 May, Mr. Minnis was sworn in as new Prime Minister by Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling. 

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout was 88.36%.

ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 39 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Votes Cast 160,407
Registered Voters 181,543
Voter Turnout 88.36%
   
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Tue, 11 Apr 2017
Nomination Day Thu, 20 Apr 2017
Polling Day Wed, 10 May 2017
First Meeting of Parliament Wed, 24 May 2017
POLITICAL LEADERS
  Photo Branville McCARTNEY
Democratic National Alliance (DNA)
  Photo Hubert MINNIS
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 91,409 56.99% 35 +26
Progressive Liberal Party PLP 59,253 36.94% 4 -25
Democratic National Alliance DNA 7,577 4.72% 0 -
Bahamas Constitution Party BCP 315 0.20% 0 -
Bahamas National Coalition Party BNCP 314 0.20% 0 New
The Perople's Movement TPM 200 0.12% 0 New
Independent Candidates IND 1,339 0.83% 0 -1
  Total Valid Votes   160,407 100% 39 +1
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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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