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PARTIES 2017 RESULTS PAST EDUCATION
POLITICAL PARTIES
BLP DNA
Democratic National Alliance
Branville McCARTNEY
Political Leader
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BLP FNM
Free National Movement
Hubert MINNIS
Political Leader
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BLP PLP
Progressive
Liberal Party
Philip "Brave" DAVIS
Political Leader
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OVERVIEW OF ELECTORAL SYSTEM
Head of State Inherited monarchy with a Governor-General appointed by the British Monarch
Head of Government Prime Minister is appointed by the Governor-General
Structure of Parliament Bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate with 16 seats and the House of Assembly with 40 seats.
Electoral Law 31 December 1969; Last amendment: 10/01/1992
Constituencies 41 single-member constituencies.
Voting System In the Senate 16 members are appointed by the governor-general to serve 5-year terms. In the House of Assembly 40 members are elected by direct popular vote to serve 5-year terms.
Term of Office 5 years
Voter Requirements - age: 18 years
- Bahamas citizenship
- 3 months minimum residence in constituency
- disqualifications: insanity, imprisonment, sentence of death
Candidate Eligibility and Requirements - age: 21 years
- Bahamas citizenship
- one year minimum residence in country immediately before nomination
- ineligibility: undischarged bankruptcy, insanity, allegiance to a foreign State, electoral fraud, criminal conviction, sentence of death or imprisonment
- nomination by four electors
- payment of 400 B$, reimbursed if the candidate obtains 1/6 or more of constituency votes
Electoral Authority Parliamentary Commissioner
Last Elections 10 May 2017
Next Elections May 2022
PAST ELECTIONS
Year Specific Date   Winning Party Total
Seats
Voter
Turnout
  Party % Votes Seats
1962 Wed, 2 May 1962   United Bahamian Party 36.14% 18 33 -
1967 Tue, 10 Jan 1967   Progressive Liberal Party + Labour Party 47.74% 19 38 -
1968 Wed, 10 Apr 1968   Progressive Liberal Party 66.51% 29 38 85.50%
1972 Tue, 19 Sep 1972   Progressive Liberal Party 59.00% 29 38 87.99%
1977 Tue, 19 Jul 1977   Progressive Liberal Party 54.74% 30 38 89.92%
1982 Thu, 10 Jun 1982   Progressive Liberal Party 56.86% 32 38 89.76%
1987 Fri, 19 Jun 1987   Progressive Liberal Party 53.54% 31 43 87.90%
1992 Wed, 19 Aug 1992   Free National Movement 44.85% 33 49 91.15%
1997 Fri, 14 Mar 1997   Free National Movement 57.70% 34 40 93.17%
2002 Thu, 2 May 2002   Progressive Liberal Party 51.78% 29 40 90.18%
2007 Wed, 2 May 2007   Free National Movement 49.85% 23 41 92.11%
2012 Mon, 7 May 2012   Progressive Liberal Party 48.62% 29 38 90.78%
2017 Wed, 10 May 2017   Free National Movement 56.99% 35 39 88.36%
ELECTION REPORTS
Year Report Download
2012 Preliminary Statement issed by the CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission to the General Elections inthe Bahamas, 7 May 2012 Download
Final Report of the General Elections In the Bahamas 7 May 2012 – OAS Electoral Observation Mission Download
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