No Election Date Set, Preparations Underway

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said an election date has not been set yet because the government is still engaged in the election preparation process.

“The first thing a prime minister does is find out how are we with respect to the preparation for election, what else do you need to do? Once we are satisfied all those things are done, then we fix dates. We don’t fix dates because we wake up one morning and say, ‘Let’s go’,” Ingraham told reporters at a press conference in Grand Bahama.

He also criticized the former government for dissolving Parliament ahead of the 2007 election without first informing Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel.

Ingraham also declared that the 2012 election would be a fair and transparent one that would stand up to international scrutiny.

“I can tell you that for the first time in the history of The Bahamas, the government will say that any international organization that wishes to monitor the elections in The Bahamas to see how the process goes, to be able to comment on it, is free and welcome to do so,” he said.