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Country Profile The Bahamas Elections
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Area:13,939 sq km (5,382 sq miles) | Population: 345,700 (UN, 2010)
Capital City: Nassau
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Overview of Electoral System
Here, we provide an overview of the electoral system in the country. Additional information may be found in the Country Browser.
Head of State Inherited monarchy with a Governor-General appointed by the British Monarch
Head of Government Prime Minister is appointed by the Governor-General
Structure of Parliament Bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate with 16 seats and the House of Assembly with 40 seats.
Electoral Law 31 December 1969; Last amendment: 10/01/1992
Constituencies 39 single-member constituencies.
Voting System In the Senate 16 members are appointed by the governor-general to serve 5-year terms. In the House of Assembly 40 members are elected by direct popular vote to serve 5-year terms.
Term of Office 5 years
Voter Requirements - age: 18 years
- Bahamas citizenship
- 3 months minimum residence in constituency
- disqualifications: insanity, imprisonment, sentence of death
Candidate Eligibility and Requirements - age: 21 years
- Bahamas citizenship
- one year minimum residence in country immediately before nomination
- ineligibility: undischarged bankruptcy, insanity, allegiance to a foreign State, electoral fraud, criminal conviction, sentence of death or imprisonment
- nomination by four electors
- payment of 400 B$, reimbursed if the candidate obtains 1/6 or more of constituency votes
Electoral Authority Parliamentary Commissioner
Last Elections 10 May 2017
Next Elections 10 May 2022
Political Parties
Here, we provide information on active political parties. A more comprehensive list of political parties may be found in our Knowledge Centre.
Party Political Leader
Free National Movement or FNM Hubert MINNIS
Progressive Liberal Party or PLP Perry CHRISTIE
Democratic National Alliance or DNA Branville McCARTNEY
Past Elections
Here, we provide links to results of past elections. This list is not all inclusive; we will continue to update the list and encourage you to assist us in filling any observed gaps. Notify us if you think a resource listed here has become deceptive or unfactual.
Year Specific Date Election Type View Results Source
2002 27 February 2002 Referendum View results IFES Election Guide
2002 2 May 2002 Parliamentary View results IFES Election Guide
2007 2 May 2007 Parliamentary View results IFES Election Guide
2012 7 May 2012 Parliamentary View results IFES Election Guide
Election Reports
Here, we provide official reports of past elections and reports from election observation missions. This list is not all inclusive; we will continue to update the list and encourage you to suggest other resources you think we should list here. You may also view our collection of Election Observer Reports in our Reading Room.
Year Report Download
2012 Preliminary Statement issed by the CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission to the General Elections in the Bahamas, 7 May 2012 Download
Election Observation Mission Final Report for General Elections in the Bahamas, May 7, 2012 Download
Party Manifestos
Here, we provide party manifestos from previous elections. This list is not all inclusive; we will continue to update the list and encourage you to suggest other resources you think we should list here. You may also view our collection of manifestos in our Reading Room.
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DNA 2017 DNA 2012  
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FNM 2017 FNM 2012 FNM 2007
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PLP 2017 PLP 2012 PLP 2007
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