Party Leaders Must Put Their Supporters In Check Now To Prevent Election Violence

For the most part, Bahamians are peaceful about their political support. But for some of us, we take our support or desire to please a particular politician too far. Election violence is not foreign to The Bahamas. It just has not risen to the scale we have seen in neighboring countries. But that can change IF our leaders do not take deliberate steps now to make it clear to their supporters that violence and intimidation of any kind will not be tolerated or rewarded. New Providence in particular is a powder keg in some respects. Tensions can run high, even in our everyday interactions with one another. When you add in the kind of fervor that is stirred up during election season, violence can become the inevitable outcome – especially with so many desperate or power-thirsty people out there who see their Party as their livelihood. Continue reading

My Position On The Spoiled Ballot Proposition

ballotboxIf there are independent candidates or otherwise out there that you believe in, why not help them, whether they are in your constituency or not? If you truly believe in changing the landscape of the legislature, it does not matter whether a good candidate is your personal representative or not. Help that person to get a chance to make a difference. If the names on the ballot in your area are ones you truly cannot see yourself voting for, then help another Bahamian who has potential, to get his or her feet in the door. There are some good candidates who happen to be on a party ticket. But if the party is that repugnant to you, assist others to succeed. If you consider yourself to truly be a person of progressive influence, you should be able to influence people to action that actually counts toward progress. A vote for a Bahamian with potential, counts. Continue reading