Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday called Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis a hypocrite for alluding that campaign finance reform will not come during this term.
At the New Year’s Junkanoo Parade, Minnis told reporters that he still has seven more years to introduce legislation to regulate campaign financing, something he had promised to deliver on if elected in 2017.
“It’s hypocrisy,” Davis said at a press conference at PLP headquarters.
“If he said that’s what he’s going to do and now he’s not going to do it, then what does that amount to? It suggests a statement to swing the Bahamian people.
“It’s just hypocrisy.
“Seven years is also presumptuous. He presumes that the Bahamian people are so enamored by him that they will vote for him again. I dare say, I don’t share that view.”
Minnis said that while his government is working on campaign finance legislation, his focus is on economic equality.
On Monday, Attorney General Carl Bethel told The Nassau Guardian that campaign finance legislation is a priority for the Office of the Attorney General.
Bethel also said the Minnis administration hopes to enact the legislation ahead of the next election.
However, with only two years remaining before the next general election, Minnis did not confirm whether legislation would indeed be brought by the end of the current term.