PM: I have seven more years to bring campaign finance law

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday his administration has “seven more years” to bring campaign finance legislation — something he had promised to deliver on if elected in 2017.

Minnis said that while his government is “working on it”, the 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.

Minnis briefly spoke with reporters on the matter after rushing with the Saxons Superstars Junkanoo group in the New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parade.

“I [got] seven more years,” he replied when pressed on the issue.

However, he added, “We’re working on it.”

The prime minister gave reporters a similar reply in December 2018 when he said of the matter: “My five years ain’t up yet and you [will] promise me another five years.

“So I have five years to put in the campaign finance reform, and I have another five years for you to see it working properly.”

With only two years remaining before the next general election, he did not confirm yesterday whether legislation would indeed be brought by the end of the current term.

The prime minister instead noted that government’s focus is on “income inequality” and “allowing the poor and indigent to share in the wealth”.

This echoes his announcement just last month that there will be an increase in minimum wage for government employees in light of increasing concerns about the cost of living in the country.

According to data from the Department of Statistics, Bahamians are paying more for basic goods and services than they have over the past four years.

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