DPM: FNM community meeting postponed due to Lent

A Free National Movement (FNM) community meeting, which was scheduled to take place on Grand Bahama yesterday evening, was postponed in consideration of the Lenten season, Deputy Prime Minister and East Grand Bahama MP Peter Turnquest said yesterday.

He told The Nassau Guardian that a new date would be decided at a later time, but that the party feels now would not be the appropriate time.

“So, this is the Lenten season for most Bahamians and Catholics, and so, really, it wouldn’t have felt that this was the appropriate time for that and so we decided to postpone that,” he said on the sidelines of a heads of agreement signing for the sale of the Grand Lucayan resort at the property on Grand Bahama. 

However, he added, “You know, as we move forward into the season, we’ll roll out in various areas.

“But, each of us as MPs are doing our own things. But, this is intended to be an overall island information meeting.”

This event was to be the third similar community meeting held by the FNM since the beginning of the year. 

However, the Minnis administration has faced some backlash as some critics admonished the administration for going into election mode two years before an election is due and while many are still recovering from the catastrophe of Hurricane Dorian in September. 

On January 22, at an event that was billed as a town hall meeting, but quickly took the shape of a political rally, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis launched his re-election bid.

At that meeting, he declared that the victory train is officially on a roll.

Then, last Tuesday, the party held what was called a “community meeting” for the western districts of New Providence.

Despite a small turnout at the event, Minnis told the crowd that the FNM has an easy task in the next election, predicting the results will be 39 FNM seats and zero PLP seats.

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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