The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) needs more young candidates and more candidates who are women in preparation for the 2022 general election, Exuma and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper said to a North Andros crowd last night.
“We’re talking about the future of the PLP, and make no mistake about it, the future of the PLP starts now,” he said.
“The road to the next election in 2022, if it even takes that long, starts now.”
North Andros has historically been a PLP stronghold, but the Free National Movement (FNM) took the seat by about 130 votes in a landslide general election victory in 2017, which saw the PLP win only four seats in total.
Former Prime Minister Perry Christie lost his Centreville seat for the first time in history, in what many took to be a clear sign that many formerly loyal PLP supporters are looking for change in the party.
“We need good people, credible people, some experienced people and a lot of new faces, and female faces,” Cooper continued.
“Half the voters in the country are women.
“So, we need to recruit more quality female candidates and more women fighting on the frontlines for the PLP and the future of this nation.
“The largest section of voters by the time the next election rolls around will be young people.
“We have to invest in young people and give qualified young people real opportunity.”
He added, “So, we have to get the young people involved with the understanding that this Bahamas is theirs and crafting its future starts now. A clear plan and agenda to show our youth, you can make money, live a great life and have all the things you want right here at home.”
Speaking more broadly to the party’s goals for the next election, Cooper spoke about how it intends to modernize the party’s platform.
“The PLP needs to have an achievable platform and an achievable vision for 2022 and beyond,” he said.
“People need to know what we stand for, things such as empowerment, education, technology, ownership, making sure we don’t leave people behind.”
He added, “We need to show this generation of upcoming voters what a PLP that empowers a nation looks like.
“We need them to be able to feel the touch of the PLP in their lives.
“And we must modernize the Majority Rule message.
“I think of it as a new Majority Rule, where Bahamians own the vast majority of their economy and are the top economic producers in The Bahamas.”
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish