The Free National Movement (FNM) last night ratified three more candidates for the next election, two newcomers and one incumbent, bringing the total number of candidates named so far to 33.
Former hotel union president Nicole Martin was ratified for the Nassau Village seat; Drumeco Archer, who serves as president of The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations, was ratified for the Fort Charlotte seat; and Hank Johnson, the current MP for Central and South Eleuthera, was ratified for his seat.
Archer’s ratification put an end to speculation over the fate of current Fort Charlotte MP Mark Humes, who has spent weeks dodging questions over whether he was running again.
House Speaker and Nassau Village MP Halson Moultrie resigned from the party. He has not yet said whether he plans to seek re-election.
In a statement, the FNM said it is “committed to moving The Bahamas forward with real reforms, creating a more transparent, accountable and responsible government to improve the lives of all Bahamians, not just a chosen few”.
“Tonight, the FNM nominated two newcomers to the political arena who will bring their fresh and valuable perspective to furthering the goals of the party, as well as one incumbent with a proven record of solving problems for his constituents,” the party said.
Director of Labour John Pinder has said he is pursuing a nomination from the FNM for the Fox Hill seat.
Pinder said he hopes to gain the support of Shonel Ferguson, the incumbent MP who announced that she will not pursue the nomination for the next election. Ferguson did not specify why she decided to step down.
Central and South Abaco MP James Albury, Garden Hills MP Brensil Rolle, St. Anne’s MP Brent Symonette and East Grand Bahama MP Peter Turnquest have said they will not run in the next election.