Nassau, Bahamas — An unimpeachable source in the Free National Movement has confirmed to Bahamas Press the Party’s internal poll confirms its candidate in Elizabeth, Dr. Dwane Sands , is trailing.
The source deep in the bowels of the FNM said, “Our polling numbers are not looking good. Dr. Sands is indeed slipping in support here in Elizabeth. We can see this will indeed be a tough fight for the FNM.
“Sands currently has a 34% base support of those in the constituency. Our information taken up to Friday confirmed this new information. However, we are not ready to give up just yet. We will be holding our first rally this Thursday, which will be at a parking lot located directly opposite Dr. Sands headquarters on Prince Charles Drive. We are urging all Party supports to come out and assist in building our momentum.”
The results of the polling sources tell us has caused Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham to stall having the election called hoping his Party can register sufficient voters in the constituency to deliver a win in Elizabeth.
The internal poll of FNM matches the polling of the Elizabeth by-election now daily being carried out by BP and students of Cardiff University. BP/Cardiff Poll shows PLP candidate Ryan Pinder maintaining a steady lead in Elizabeth with him clinching a steady 58% support.
Meanwhile, members of the PLP held its second rally in Elizabeth last evening delivering to the platform wife of former Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pinding, Dame Marguerite Pindling, on the campaign trail. Lady Pindling told PLPs to bring Elizabeth back home to the PLP and elect its candidate Ryan Pinder. She he told supporters, “If you don’t know where to mark your X, look for the hand and put it there.” Her comments electrified rally–goers.
A win for the PLP in Elizabeth would mean a big comeback for Party Leader Perry Christie. PLP generals initially advised Christie not to challenge Elizabeth. However, in a move to restore Christie’s national image towards the electorate PLP strongman and Deputy Leader, Philip Brave Davis argued that the Party had a duty to fight any by-election. Davis we heard backed Pinder as being the ‘Right Man, In the Right Place at the Right Time’ for the PLP, a slogan now being carried throughout Elizabeth by the candidate.
A top ‘Team Brave’ advisor told BP, “Mr. Davis‘ bold commitment to coach the Party to challenge the FNM in this by-election is to prove to the country that his long–term law partner and friend Perry Christie has not completed his work in moving our country forward.”
PLP mass rally in Elizabeth last evening.