Voters Slow To Register

The Parliamentary Registration Department is reporting a very slow voter registration process, with just over 10,000 persons completing the exercise since the drive began back on October 4, 2010.

“So far it has not been going as well as I would have expected. I am hoping that now that the new year is here and everybody knows that the time is really getting short, that we should see a change in that and that people would come out,” Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel told The Nassau Guardian.

“I think we in The Bahamas are privileged in a sense and we have the opportunity to register and to vote. We are free citizens in a free society and everybody should relish the opportunity to register and to cast their vote,” he said.

According to Bethel, the 10,000 registrants is a small number when compared to the number of eligible voters.