Education Minister Desmond Bannister promised to reveal the full details on what he says is widespread voter fraud in North Andros, a constituency he will run in for the Free National Movement in the upcoming election.
Bannister told The Nassau Guardian he has already turned over some of the names of people involved to Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel.
“North Andros has been the bedrock of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP),” Bannister said. “They are desperate. They will do anything inside or outside the law to retain North Andros.” Bannister, the current member of Parliament for Carmichael, insisted, “I have the facts.”
The parliamentary commissioner faced scathing criticisms from Election Court judges after the last general election and after the 2010 Elizabeth by-election.
The justices pointed to egregious failures in the parliamentary registration system.
Bannister will go head to head with Dr. Perry Gomez, the PLP’s North Andros candidate, and Captain Randy Butler, who is the Democratic National Alliance’s candidate for the constituency.
On Friday night, Gomez was endorsed by several prominent individuals, including his brother Archbishop Drexel Gomez, who highlighted to PLP supporters his brother’s accomplishments and values.
Bannister suggested that the archbishop’s presence on a political stage was inappropriate. “How ethical is it for an archbishop to be talking at a political rally?” he asked.
He called Archbishop Gomez, Dame Marguerite Pindling and former Governor General A. D. Hanna (who all attended the event) “a geriatric group” brought out by the PLP to campaign for Gomez.