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Bannister: Davis has lost credibility

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister said yesterday that Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip Brave Davis has lost his credibility. 

“I think if you listen to the leader of the opposition, we should’ve been hearing about election being called,” Bannister said.

“It hasn’t been called, so obviously he has no credibility. This is another strike against his credibility. It’s so very, very sad.”

He reiterated that only the prime minister knows when the next election will be called.

Bannister’s comments come amid growing speculation that an early election will be called.

On Sunday, Davis said “all signs point to the bell being rung this week”.

The following day, despite the prime minister’s dismissal of Davis’ comments, unregistered voters rushed to registration sites. Some individuals were forced to stand on lengthy lines well into the night.

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis remains tight-lipped on whether he intends to call an early general election in the coming weeks in preparation for the next general election.

“You would note, I’ve said repeatedly – and it’s been demonstrated repeatedly – [that] I always prepare at least one year in advance,” he said on Friday. 

“I’m one of those who believe in preparation and we’re going through our preparation and in the event things should change, we’re ready.”

The next election is due in May 2022.

Over the weekend, Speaker of the House Halson Moultrie predicted that Parliament would be dissolved as early as Tuesday.

That did not happen.

Both the PLP and Free National Movement have ratified all 39 candidates ahead of the next election.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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