PLP to confirm candidates list following release of Boundaries Commission report
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Perry Christie said that his party is in the process of confirming its list of candidates following the release of the final report of the Boundaries Commission, which eliminated and adjusted a number of constituencies.
“We are in the process of finalizing our list of candidates. To those candidates who have been nominated for seats that exist, they obviously remain,” he said.
The Guardian caught up with Christie at the College of The Bahamas on Thursday last week.
“There are some candidates like myself in Centreville, [and Glenys] Hanna-Martin, St. Cecilia and Englerston.
“She has one third of Englerston, one third of St. Cecilia, one third of Mount Moriah, and so we are now in the process of confirming them.”
“We have some matters to address but we are waiting until the debate finishes,” he said.
“The prime minister will make a communication on Monday (today) when we go to Parliament.
“I am told they want the debate finished by Wednesday, so by the end of Wednesday The Bahamas would know fully what constituencies exist and how they are configured, and they will also know in the ensuing period who our candidates are.”
The Guardian reported previously that three new constituencies will be created on New Providence and five will be eliminated, according to the final report of the Boundaries Commission.
The three new constituencies will be named Nassau Village, Southern Shores and Tall Pines.
Blue Hills, Clifton, Englerston, Kennedy and St. Thomas More will be eliminated.
The number of seats in the House of Assembly will be reduced from 41 to 38 after the next general election; 23 will be in New Providence; five in Grand Bahama and 10 in the Family Islands.
Christie said earlier this month that he does not support the decision to reduce the number of seats in the House of Assembly.
He also said that the governing party decimated inner-city PLP seats in a classic gerrymandering exercise — a point Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham disagreed with.
Christie also said that he does not expect the prime minister to make any additional changes to the report.
“[Ingraham] has a discretion to exercise if there is some defect or something he wants to adjust,” he said.
“Now I know we are dealing with a historically wily politician, but… I really do not expect him to come with a straight face and look at Parliament and say these are additional changes to be made. I don’t expect that to happen.”