The party said it would amend the constitution to limit the powers of the prime minister; enact legislation to limit the length of service of the prime minister to two terms and enact legislation to create a fixed date for elections.
The DNA also pledges to enact legislation to cause the recall of members of Parliament if a majority of their constituents are dissatisfied with their performance.
Other pledges include establishing fixed constituencies which can only be changed according to international criteria.Additionally, the DNA said it would create and enforce a Code of Conduct for public officials and establish an office of ombudsman to serve as the watchdog of the government for the people.
On the issue of crime, the DNA pledges to carry out capital punishment, and to ensure that bail is not granted to accused murderers.
As it relates to the country’s fiscal affairs, the party pledged to balance the national budget within five years. It also pledges to focus on economic diversification “in an effort to reduce The Bahamas’ exorbitant $500 million food import bill”.
Additionally, the DNA promises to establish a basic healthcare plan to increase access to affordable, quality healthcare in The Bahamas.
“The DNA’s Vision 2012 and Beyond provides the framework and foundation by which we as a nation can begin the long-term process of realizing our country’s vision and national potential,” said DNA Leader Branville McCartney in the document. “It reflects what you care about deeply: the economy and diversification of the economy, crime, education, youth development, and other issues which are plaguing our country.”
The party was the first to release such a document ahead of the May 7 election. The DNA promises to hold a referendum on whether children born in The Bahamas to illegal immigrants should have the right to apply for citizenship.
The DNA, like the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), said it would create a ministry for Grand Bahama. This ministry would have a cabinet minister at the helm to deal with all matters pertaining to Grand Bahama and the Grand Bahama Port Authority, the document said.
The party also promises to regularize generation property and to increase funding for infrastructure and development of roads, schools and government buildings on the Family Islands.
At the DNA’s ‘good governance’ event at the Hilton Hotel last night, McCartney pushed support for his party.“You do know, God forbid, that if [Prime Minister Hubert] Ingraham or [PLP Leader Perry] Christie is elected, that would mean that since Majority Rule we would have had only three [prime ministers],” said McCartney. “That cannot be healthy for a developing country.“Let’s change that this election. Let’s move this country forward and make this country a better place.”