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No such thing as a PLP or FNM governor general

Dear Editor,

It appears that The Bahamas is the only Caribbean country that has customarily accepted the tradition of changing governors general synchronized with the political outcome of a general election. From 2009 the island of Jamaica had one governor general when compared to The Bahamas, which by the end of June would have reached four in the last decade.

An office independent of partisanship is embattled with the adopted notion that both political parties would like to appoint their own governor general once elected; despite the possibilities of eroding the constitutional premise of the Office of Governor General by the wrongheadedness for the political directorate to be promoting a particular candidate for a post that is supposed to be politically neutral. There is a financial burden on the taxpayer who is left with the financial tab of paying the pensions of five living former governors general, including Dame Marguerite Pindling and particularly the incoming Governor General C.A. Smith’s salary.

This practice has given the appearance that a political party favors a sitting governor general and that’s the very wrong impression that we are creating by publicly lobbying for replacements. There was no reason to change Sir Arthur Foulkes, in addition to there being no reason to change Dame Marguerite. If continued, this will be an affront to the constitutional convention by making a partisan issue of the governor general’s appointment.

The blanket nakedness of the issue exposes a fundamental problem of our nurturing democracy over our inability to resist the temptation of politicizing the constitutional tenets of our democracy. Leave some things above politics for the good management of the affairs of the Bahamian people.

– Latrae Rahming

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