Foreigners could be voting in a 2017 Election if the FNM is Re-elected!!!
Nassau, Bahamas — There is earth-shattering news emanating out of the Free National Movement today, and if operatives of the Party have their way a second time as Lords over the Bahamas, the country will change forever into foreign hands.
Sources deep in the Apparatchik of the FNM tell us, movers within the Party are mulling over the idea to allow foreign residents and thousands of labours with status in the Bahamas to attain the right to vote.
BP has learnt the FNM leadership feels the time has come to reform the electoral process, and is planning to expand the rights for foreigners across the country.
Convincingly, feeling the heat from the Bahamian voter, sources tell us members in the organization are convinced it will most likely be rejected during the upcoming elections and therefore, there must be a way out in the future by involving all residents and locals with the right to vote.
According to the FNM source, “In Great Britain right now, if you are a resident not born in the UK, but is working there, you can vote in National Elections. In fact, the privilege has been extended to member states of the EU. When it comes to UK Parliamentary elections, not only members of territories can vote, as like residents of The Turks and Caicos, but citizens from all Commonwealth Countries and British Territories can indeed vote in any Parliamentary General Election in the UK,”
BP’s resident CEO, Alexander James, who resides in Cardiff, also participated in the recent UK elections, as he is a resident there. James is from the Bahamas and is a born Bahamian; so the idea is not far-fetched.
According to the UK Electoral Services Department, Commonwealth Member States, including local citizens of the Bahamas, Jamaica, Rwanda, Zambia, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa and others all can register and participate in British Parliamentary elections.
“We in the Bahamas must now move with the times. Presently residing in the Bahamas are thousands of persons here on work permits and others with resident status, which we believe should also have a right to vote in any elections or referendum, put before the country. We believe as they share the burden in taxes, so should they equally be granted the right to elect who serve in key positions of the country.
“If we can find support on the issue through our measures of reform, then we would definitely pursue the idea during our next term in office,” the source in the FNM said.
The decision could, however, face stiff opposition within the country by locals, who appear to have become increasing disillusioned with the election process. Some in the FNM, we are told, believe by allowing a person with a work permit be a part of the election process. It will increase the participation of voters at the polls and further deliver a truer reflection of the electorate when sending persons to Parliament.
A voter upon hearing the news questioned by what authority can the FNM do such? “Would they not have to go to a referendum and have a parliamentary approval to change such drastic measures in the law?
“They sold BTC to foreigners. They appointed a FOREIGN DPP. They appointed a foreigner to head the ministry of works. Only Foreigners could build roads, and get major contracts. At this rate, we will soon be in exile here in the Bahamas. And look how the foreigners are sending BTC staff home. Soon we ‘ga’ have a foreign COP and PM if you let the FNM have its way.”
Meanwhile, The Parliamentary Registration Department estimates that between 160,000 to 170,000 Bahamians will register for the next General Elections, Minister of National Security the Hon. O.A.T. “Tommy” Turnquest told Parliament Wednesday.
He said there were 74,179 persons entered on the New Register as of June 7, 2011. Of that number, 53, 663 were registered for New Providence; 11,623 on Grand Bahama and 8,893 for the Family Islands.
Mr. Turnquest said the Register used in the 2007 General Elections will come to an end July 14, 2011, at which time the New Register will come into effect.