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By KHRISNA VIRGIL
BAHAMAS Humane Society president Kim Aranha spoke out over the state of animal rights in the Bahamas after a number of dogs were discovered dumped in a derelict water reserve.
Mrs Aranha said she has written to key persons in all three political parties to tell them how severe animal abuse and neglect have become, and how urgently the BHS needs support.
So far, no one has answered.
Yesterday, Mrs Aranha asked what sort of people would abandon innocent animals to die, when a humane alternative is available.
"How easy it would be to just bring the animals to the Humane Society? We don't make you pay, there is no need to throw them away, & ...
Exuma's economy is extremely flat and is in desperate need of major infrastructure upgrades and employment opportunities, if the economy is to improve. In this week's edition of My Ten Cents, Floyd Armbrister, the DNA candidate for the Exumas and Ragged Island, told Guardian Business the potential for investment opportunities on that island are promising, but government has to step in and assist.
"Recently, we experienced the closure of a food store near the Sandals property. There needs to be infrastructure upgrades and repairs to the schools, airport, dock and the construction of a mini-hospital," according to Armbrister.
"I think Exuma's economy is destined to improve, but this will have to be assisted by a government stimulus."
Armbrister believes if duty-free concessions are reinstated, this would encourage more investment into the island. Once those concessions are back in place, Armbrister said locals would be able to gain employment and generate funds that can be spent to boost that island's economy.
"I know a number of developers on the island who have indicated to me, if they are able to get duty-free concessions, they intend to build between 10-15 homes right away. At the end of the day, I believe this could greatly improve employment opportunities on the island of Exuma," he explained.
He further revealed to Guardian Business that there is a development in the works on Stocking Island that could bring good news to the island. "This week I spoke with a former investment banker who has interest in the island of Exuma, and has indicated that investors are going to be doing some stuff off Stocking Island," Armbrister said. "They are awaiting government approval to complete the Coconut Cove's purchase," he added.
Meantime, Armbrister is calling on Exumians to sharpen their skills and become more self-sufficient. "Collectively, we have to come up with ideas to ensure that we are true beneficiaries of what happens on the island of Exuma," Armbrister noted.
"We can't just wait for the government or other parties to create anything for us. We have to create some for ourselves."
He is also encouraging people to invest in small boutique operations that would benefit from return visitors.
The countdown is on to 2012 and of course there are fabulous events being held island-wide where you can party away 2011 and ring in the New Year, and The Nassau Guardian has the entire scene covered for you -- from the hottest party in the east to the wildest and most glamorous affairs in the west.
Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace
It's being billed as two levels and two parties all at one venue, at Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace in the Summer Winds Plaza on the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway.
With a $5,000 balloon drop, scheduled for 1:12 a.m., (to ensure that people have time to make it out after church to collect their change) Leslia Miller says their Masquerade Party is one not to be missed.
With two levels, two parties, one venue, in the Heineken Platinum green lounge cake and champagne will be circulated all night. Every twelfth person will also receive a New Year's gift bag filled with goodies until the clock strikes midnight. And anyone attired in green will gain admission into the Heineken lounge for half price
The second lounge will be the Countdown VIP Dance Floor, where the balloon drop will take place.
Besides the money, Miller says Mario's will have the hottest deejays, drink specials and fireworks.
Doors open at 10:30 p.m. until 6 a.m.
Compass Point Beach Resort
Anastacia Kemp says the Compass Point Beach Resort New Year's affair will definitely appeal to people who want to relax to bring in 2012.
"You don't have to be over-dressed so you can feel relaxed," says the front desk manager. For $185 per person, you get a four-course served meal and access to an open bar. The event which starts at 8 a.m. and runs through to 12 midnight, will feature a deejay, live band, Junkanoo rushout and fireworks.
Hammerhead's Bar and Grill
Hammerhead's Bar and Grill on East Bay Street invite you to dive into 2012 at their establishment with a party that party kicks of at 9 p.m. with $2 shots and $4 drink specials. With bottle service all night, and music by Nassau's hottest deejay, they say it's the spot to be.
SuperClubs Breezes will host a New Year's Eve Gala at the resort on Cable Beach from 6 p.m. until you say when. In the main dining room you have a raw bar with iced cocktail shrimp and Caribbean claws, a soup station with four soups, a salad bar which allows you to mix it up as you like it, their famous trio station, their taste of the world station, a Caribbean-style ratatouille station, and an unforgettable sumptuous dessert station.
The Marley Resort on Cable Beach hosts a New Year's Eve cocktail party on Saturday, December 31 from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. A live band plays for your enjoyment. The $75 cover charge includes appetizers, party favors and a free glass of champagne at midnight.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- After a two week Atlantic crossing from the Canary Islands to Bridgetown, Barbados, under the command of Captain Harald Meyer, the "Alex" has begun its final leg to arrive in Freeport, Grand Bahama, on March 15th with Captain Ulrich Lamprecht at the helm.
The vessel left Bremerhaven, Germany, on January 14th after serving for 105 years as a sail training ship for the German Sail Training Association (DSST).
Her new destiny will lie on Grand Bahama Island at Freeport Harbour, where she will host cruise ship passengers, island visitors and residents on coastal sailing excursions while bringing back the romance of sailing from years gone by!
She will also serve as a venue for corporate gatherings, receptions and theme parties that can be catered to in the rustic dining room and bar below deck. This new attraction will certainly enhance the Grand Bahama tourism product. Coastal cruises will also be offered to the Grand Bahama community on those days when cruise ships are not in port.
If last weekend's Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) motorcade from Freeport to West End and the political rally that immediately followed are indicative of what lies ahead in the upcoming general election, an objective observer could reasonably conclude that Grand Bahama is no longer Free National Movement (FNM) country. That claim could equally be supported because of the abject government neglect of that depressed island, which is presently experiencing a 21.2 percent rise in the unemployment figure. The PLP's support last weekend was so overwhelmingly impressive that one can more easily understand why Zhivargo Laing abandoned Marco City in Freeport to political newcomer Norris Bain, preferring instead to take his chances once again in Fort Charlotte in Nassau, where he has no natural ties, except for his parliamentary outcome which is now tied -- with one victory and one defeat in the latter constituency.
It was during his rally speech in West End that Perry Christie urged the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) to defer the appointment of a new executive chairman until after the next general election. At that same rally, Philip Davis, PLP deputy leader, noted that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham "all but admitted that... Freeport was neglected because of a personal feud he had with the GBPA...". Davis explained that "the feud came as a result of his (Ingraham's) refusal... to renew the work permit of Hannes Babak, the then chairman of the GBPA." And, at the opening of the headquarters of the PLP candidate for Garden Hills, Dr. Kendal Major, this past Friday, Christie once again referred to the matter, saying that Ingraham had let "a private feud with Hannes Babak get in his way of working with the GBPA" which Christie said "hurt Bahamians".
In light of these developments, we would like to Consider This.... based on Christie's and Davis' utterances, if the PLP wins, do they intend to renew Hannes Babak's work permit to become chairman of the GBPA?
Let's review the facts:
1. Hannes Babak became the chairman of the GBPA shortly after Julian Francis, a Bahamian, was fired from that position. Following Francis' departure, other senior Bahamians were 'let go' or 'retired', including Barry Malcolm, Carey Leonard, Albert Gray and Willie Moss, all long-standing and outstanding Bahamians working at the GBPA.
2. In his capacity as chairman of the GBPA, Babak was buried under an avalanche of criticism by many notable Freeport businessmen and professionals because of his position, both as the head of the GBPA that licensed businesses in that city, as well as a licensee of the very body that granted and regulated such licences. The GBPA also granted licences to Babak or to companies the he owned.
3. Babak had substantial business interests in Freeport, most notably the Home Centre, Freeport Concrete and H & F Babak Construction.
4. The Home Centre operated in the retail trade in building supplies, a business which is generally reserved for Bahamians. At the time that the Home Centre commenced operations, Babak was not and is still not a Bahamian citizen.
5. Babak's construction company actively competed against Bahamian contractors while he served as chairman of the GBPA.
6. When he was appointed as the chairman of the GBPA, Babak needed a work permit in order to hold that office, which was granted by the Christie administration during its term in office between 2002 and 2007.
7. When he assumed office, Ingraham made it patently clear that his government would not renew Babak's work permit and stuck by his word not to do so. He said what he meant and meant what he said. This action, according to some, was ostensibly at the core of the differences between the Ingraham administration and Sir Jack Hayward, a substantial shareholder of the GBPA.
We believe that no single individual should be allowed to hold a city, its residents, employees or the government hostage for any reason whatsoever, no matter how substantial their investment might be in this country. No single individual or group of individuals should be allowed to assault our sovereignty or to withhold benefits from our citizens. That is non-negotiable.
We have been reliably informed that Babak has and will continue to financially support the political party of his choice in the upcoming elections. As a permanent resident, albeit with the right to work in his own business, Babak is entitled to support whichever political party or parties he chooses. However, we trust that any financial support he offers to whichever party he chooses will not be construed as a quid pro quo for any benefit he might wish to receive should the party that he supports become the government. This includes the issuance of a work permit to become chairman of the GBPA once more.
What can a voter do?
In order to avoid this, every voter in Grand Bahama who is approached by PLP and Democratic National Alliance (DNA) candidates should make it patently clear that the only way that such voters would consider supporting either party is for the candidate to promise that, if elected to Parliament, they would vehemently oppose the issuance of a work permit to Babak to work in any capacity at the GBPA, especially as its chairman. We already know where the FNM stands on this issue. The real power of the franchise is to hold candidates to principled positions if they are elected. This is truly where your vote can count and not be wasted on more mundane issues that are often discussed during the election campaign.
For just a moment, if we were to consider dispassionately whether or not Babak is good for Grand Bahama -- which is the only criteria that, in this case, he should be judged by -- we would have to conclude from past behavior that he simply is not. There are far too many well documented examples of how he proved to be divisive within the GBPA and within the community.
Moreover, the much touted legion of wealthy international investors with whom Babak is supposed to have great influence do not seem to have ever materialized on Grand Bahama's shores.
In fact, for a person who is rumored to be such a global deal-maker, the lack of material on the Internet about him and his business is astounding. No, dispassionately or otherwise, we are forced to conclude that Babak is not the glittering solution to the problems of Freeport, proving how all that glitters is not gold.
We believe that the decision taken by Ingraham not to grant Babak a work permit was unquestionably the correct one at the time. It was correct then and it is correct now and it will continue to be correct for a recovering Grand Bahama.
The voters should make it clear that any government that attempts to reverse that considered decision will do so at its peril.
oPhilip C. Galanis is the managing partner of HLB Galanis & Co., Chartered Accountants, Forensic & Litigation Support Services. He served 15 years in Parliament. Please send your comments to email@example.com.
Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney yesterday called on the government to bring a bill to Parliament that would govern the use of money in elections.
McCartney spoke in the context of the multiple allegations that have been tossed back and forth by the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and the Free National Movement (FNM) over vote buying.
Most recently, Minister of State for National Security Keith Bell reported that he witnessed FNM operatives handing out envelopes containing $250 in the Centreville constituency several days before the May 7 general election.
"Commissioner of Police (Ellison) Greenslade ought to ensure that examples be made so that we can now start getting the electorate cognizant of consequences of accepting payments for votes," McCartney said.
"Your vote is significant. It should not be prostituted away. Many persons around the world do not have that right, but for some in The Bahamas it would seem that for a few pieces of silver the integrity of the vote can be compromised. I say prosecute."
McCartney noted that allegations of vote buying are nothing new in Bahamian elections.
"I think we deserve better because a party can become a government not because [it is] the best for the country, but because [it] had the money to give out at the right time as a voter told me a few weeks ago.
"That is a shame. We, as a people deserve better and must move beyond this type of scenario occurring in the future."
McCartney said there could be undue influence on the political system by unregulated donations from private sources, foreign investors and/or large companies.
"When parties receive secret donations to get elected, the question of returning the favor must inevitably be in their minds on taking office," he said. "Consequently, the interests of those who are less fortunate is not taken into account.
"Indeed, the process of contributions to political parties should be more transparent and the amount of monies parties are allowed to spend ought to be determined. Disclosure of donors should be made mandatory and penalties ought to be enforced should parties not comply."
This issue of campaign finances has been discussed on and off on the national scene for years.
In 2006, former Attorney General Paul Adderley said The Bahamas had been "severely influenced" by money in politics for more than 100 years, and it was time somebody did something about it.
"We're trying to do something about the influence that rich men can have or try to have over politicians. Don't let us fool around with this one in terms of what we're trying to do," said Adderley, who at the time headed the Christie-appointed Constitutional Review Commission.
Adderley's commission lost its life under the Ingraham administration, but had recommended that Parliament prescribe controls and limits over donations to political parties, candidates and political campaign expenditure to ensure transparency and accountability in local and national elections.
The need to reform campaign finances is something that officials from both major political parties seem to agree on.
In 2006, former FNM leader and Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest, said, "I believe we ought to begin steps to move toward some sort of campaign finance reform. I think there ought to be some transparency and accountability with respect to how political parties receive funding."
While former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham acknowledged the incredible expenses associated with elections in The Bahamas, money in politics was not an issue he addressed through legislation.
Prime Minister Perry Christie has previously said he supports campaign finance reform.
Attacking the integrity of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) is at the heart of Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham's 2012 election campaign. He has said the money the PLP is using to fund its campaign comes from unsavory sources.
"You can't fight crime and a culture of criminality if you turn a blind eye to a culture of corruption in your party. You can't fight crime if you taking money from sources who made that money illegally," said Ingraham at the Free National Movement's Fort Charlotte constituency office opening last week.
That statement was one of many similarly directed charges Ingraham has made against the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP). He has repeatedly said that the PLP has unclean hands and should not be trusted.
The PLP is not happy with these comments and it has denied that the party is using 'dirty money' to fund its campaign.
There are no campaign finance laws in The Bahamas. Bahamians do not know who funds political campaigns. PLP and FNM governments have decided not to enact laws to regulate the financing of our political system.
Therefore, neither of the political parties should complain when accusations are hurled about the sources of funding to political parties. The parties during one of their terms in office - the PLP for 30 years and the FNM for 15 years - brought forward campaign financing laws to bring transparency to the process. None did.
Any party wanting to counter accusations against illicit money funding its campaign could now disclose in the absence of a law to do so. All that would be required is for the party to inform its donors - and to come to an understanding with them - and it could make the names of all who give money to the organization public.
This will not happen, of course. But as long as we keep a hidden party financing system, anyone could make any wild accusation against a candidate or a party and voters would have no means of determining if the allegations are true or not.
The visit of Prince Harry
Those who have gone to see Prince Harry during his visit here to The Bahamas seemed excited to glimpse the second son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. Prince Harry is visiting the Caribbean in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the reign of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.
The British monarchy is our monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II is Queen of The Bahamas. We wonder, though, how relevant to Bahamians the connection still is to the monarchy.
The issue of breaking away formally from the Queen being our head of state is something rarely debated in public discourse in The Bahamas these days. In Jamaica, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has said it is time for her country to abandon the British monarch as Jamaica's official head of state and instead move to a republican form of government. Jamaica declared its independence from Britain in 1962.
While the issue of transitioning away from the British monarch is not a hot topic here, a more relevant issue for Bahamians is the role of the Privy Council as our final court of appeal. Some think, especially regarding criminal matters, that the Privy Council is out of touch with the conditions of the modern Bahamas.
At some point, The Bahamas will need to stand on its own as a fully independent country. That means that while we should keep connections with our brothers and sisters in the Commonwealth, the Bahamian state would need to be fully Bahamianized.
When should this time come? Well, it is up to the people.
Inclement weather could not stop the show as people showed up in the hundreds. With weather forecasters calling for "all clear" conditions, Boogie Nights 2 is expected to be an even bigger success than the first one.
"People have really been asking us to host another old school dance party, and we're giving it to them just in time to get the holiday season started," says Tony Williams, program director at Star 106.5. "We'll be ripping the music of the 70s, and 80s, with a touch of the 60s for the people that love that music as well. But disco will definitely be the focus."
Boogie Nights 2 will be held tonight at Workers House on the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway. The party that jumpstarts the Christmas holiday kicks off at 8 p.m. with music by Dr. Lutz. Randy C and the Supreme Sound Deejays will also be doing a set. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
The old school dance party is definitely one of the best parties on the social calendar where lovers of old school music can let their super freak out.
This time around, organizers are doing away with karaoke and instead will introduce a special smokers enclave for those that love a good Cuban cigar. A special section will be set up outside to allow cigar lovers to get their smoke on.
"The first one we were actually surprised at the crowd we got because it rained, and even though it rained hard the first part of the night, the people were coming and weren't ready to leave at 1:30 a.m. We only left because there was a wedding at the facility the next morning and the folks came to set up," said Williams. This time around, he says they will definitely be partying until the last guest says when.
"This is a party for people who are out to have a great time, because they love the music, can understand the lyrics, and can dance to it," he says. "This party fits in perfectly with the format and genre of music that we play at Star 106.5 FM which is why we jumped at the idea of doing Boogie Nights 2. We're getting the holiday season started off right."
Bridgett Murray was one of the hundreds of people that bumped, and slid, glided, twisted and shouted at the first Boogie Nights which she said was fabulous. Unfortunately she will have to miss the second edition, because it's being held on her daughter's birthday and she already had plans, but she is disappointed.
"I can't abandon [my daughter], but I was almost tempted. That first Boogie Nights was really good. I loved the fact that the people came dressed the part."
She danced so much she said she literally was able to wring the sweat out of her clothes. "We even had ring play. The only thing missing was the soul train line. The wine was flowing and it was a happy crowd," she recalled.
Organizers will further turn the affair out with a number of prizes to be won.
All the folks who love to do the Electric Slide, the Hully Gully, The Bump, the Bus Stop, and who love to take a trip down the Soul Train line where they can do their own thing are in for a treat. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Tickets for Boogie Nights 2 are available at the The Nassau Guardian and Star 106.5 FM up until 5 p.m. today.
With the endless Christmas parties and New Year's celebrations still to come, the Yuletide season seems to be one overindulgent gorge-fest. And it happens year-after-year with most people making a New Year's resolution to adopt healthier practices, resolving once again to achieve better health.
Kristin Beneby, 30, is one of those people who says she will try to change her eating habits once again when the new year begins. She says after all the family gatherings and outings with friends, during December, she knows she will pack at least 10-pounds onto her five-foot, four-inch 180 pound frame.
"I tell myself every year that I won't overindulge and every year I do it again and again. This year I am sure I did worse than usual, but no matter, I have my exercise trainer on speed dial and I will be hitting the gym like crazy come January," she said. "This will be the big year I'm sure. I just need to keep motivated and diet like crazy. I hope I can stick to it this time."
She also wants to adopt healthier eating habits to set an example for her four-year-old son Max.
Beneby is among the masses of Bahamians who make elaborate plans to drop a few dress sizes at the end and beginning of a new year, but unfortunately according to experts their plans are likely to fizzle out long before the summer months. But getting to a healthier you can become a reality sooner and much easier than you think.
Registered dietitian, Julia Lee, coordinator of clinical nutrition at Doctors Hospital, says making a change this January is not about big steps or elaborate exercise or diet plans, but about the small things people do that will make all the difference.
"It is the season of resolutions and instead of resolving to make a dramatic temporary change, aim to make a permanent lifestyle change," says Lee. "When it comes to creating a better you, the first thing is to be realistic and make it happen with small steps and changes. This will not happen immediately but working on it slowly and steadily will add up in the end."
She says moderating the food intake is the first thing people need to do if they really intend to be on top of their health for the coming year. The dietitian says you can start practicing good habits now so getting into the spirit of good health will come more easily by January. And a key to eating right is not just avoiding overeating, but eating the right portions when you do make your food choices.
Learning to eat and drink right
"It's essential to start by increasing the amount of vegetables you intake because research shows that persons tend to be more satisfied with reasonable portions of the other food groups when they eat more vegetables," said Lee. "A good guide to getting the portion right is to allot a quarter of your plate for your protein like turkey, ham or fish. The next quarter is your starches like rice and potato, and the last half is to be filled with vegetables whether they are cooked or raw."
To stop yourself from overindulging at functions where there are finger foods, a good trick is to deliberately use your non-dominant hand to eat. It will feel weird and you will be more conscious of what you are eating so you don't mindlessly gorge yourself -- which most people are guilty of at this time of the year.
To cut the calories that you can pack on throughout the day, it is important to pay just as much attention to beverages as you do to foods. Even though they are only liquid, sweet drinks can add up calories quickly. Instead of filling up on sodas or other sweet drinks, stay hydrated with water. It is advised that you drink at least eight glasses of water daily, or drink it as often as you are thirsty. If you must drink other fluids, don't ever completely fill up your glass. Instead, dilute juices or other drinks with water or with unsweetened tea. This will stretch the drink without adding calories and you can have the beverage for a longer period -- instead of drinking two or three additional servings of the calorie-packed drink to get you through your day. Keeping well hydrated more often throughout the day makes it easier for your body to not only digest food but break down calories as well.
"Since it is the festive season, alcohol will be about -- and even into the new year, most people will not realistically resolve to cut out drinking entirely. So it's best to know how to moderate this as well," says Lee. "For females the limit is one alcoholic beverage a day which equates to a one-and-a-half-ounce shot glass of hard liquor or one 12 ounce beer or a five-ounce glass of wine. For men the amount doubles. Anything more than that is beyond moderation and bad for your health."
Exercising your way to health
Incorporating a good exercise routine into your daily life is another major thing most people need to change in their lives. This is not to say to just jump into a rigorous gym schedule or get a hardcore personal trainer. Instead the nutritionist says the most successful persons are those who can commit themselves to a 30-minute exercise routine done four to five times a week.
"It's not about doing the exercise for a long time, or changing your life so drastically to fit this new routine into it so that it becomes a burden. Persons unused to exercising who push themselves to exercise for longer periods of time than this are less likely to still be doing this come June and July," she says. "It is for this reason that it is best to do it slow and steadily."
Lee advises that you try something simple that won't strain your pocket like walking or jogging. She says doing things you like and don't have a problem indulging in regularly are also a good way not to bite off more than you chew. If you like basketball, soccer or even baseball, joining a team or gathering a few friends to participate with you a few times a week she says will break up the monotony of exercise as well.
If you are a really busy person, making small changes to your daily life is a good way to add activity to your life. Instead of using an elevator, take the stairs at work. Wash the dishes in the evening as an alternative to running the dishwasher. Rather than plop down on the couch in front of the television at the end of the day, take your dog out for a walk or just take a leisurely stroll around your home or even the neighborhood.
"The idea is to be more active. If you have a sit down job, ensure you get up and walk at least every 30 to 60 minutes. Sitting for too long is a health hazard, so get up and consciously walk, because a body in motion tends to stay in motion. If you are far from the garbage, instead of just throwing it in, take time to walk to it. The more you move and exercise your muscles the better you will feel. In turn feeling more active leads to making more healthy choices."
Even if you can make these changes in your life this new year, the nutritionist says a sweeping amount of weight loss is not what your aim should be. Although most people resolve to lose a lot of weight and become addicted to the scales near the beginning of the year, she says this is not how you should measure your health success.
She advises that you focus on things like decreasing inches around the body or how well you sleep rather than how many pounds you lose. Lee says it is also good to gauge your improving energy level and even how your clothes feel as you make more and more healthy choices. At the end of the day you should only look forward to losing one or two pounds a week. More than this is often too much, and the weight loss will not be done healthily and is often not permanent when it is lost too quickly.
"I would advise people to enter this new year with a more positive attitude toward life. Cut back and eventually completely stop smoking if you are a smoker. Be a moderated drinker and even stop drinking if you can. But most importantly, reduce inactivity in your daily life and just get up and do something even if it's just walking. At the end of the day, just make better choices since it's not only for personal gain but also because all those you love will benefit from a healthier you."
St. Gregory's Anglican Rector Father Sebastian Campbell yesterday condemned politicians for hosting rallies and other political events during Lent.
Campbell said Lent is a period when Christians are supposed to unite and grow spiritually. He said political rallies serve to divide people, which goes against Christian principles.
"These political rallies are competing with the spiritual development of our people. It's a time when the whole country is supposed to unite spiritually. This is a time of unity, not a time to divide people," Campbell told The Nassau Guardian.
His comments came after he released a press statement calling for the country's leaders to stop their 'political circus' during Lent.
Campbell said he decided to speak out on the issue because he was "concerned that the politicians are encroaching on holy ground", especially after the governing Free National Movement (FNM) hosted large political events on Sundays.
"They (politicians) all claim to be Christians [but] it seems as though they're not practicing what their church promotes," Campbell said.
He said politicians should use this period to come to a consensus on solving social problems instead of rallying for votes.
"Our political leaders can do so much to bring a balm to this country if they would just stop 'jonesing' for power," he said.
Campbell said the Christian Council has asked political leaders not to hold political events on Sundays.
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts confirmed this.
Roberts also said while Campbell "may have a point" his party can not scale back political events during Lent while its opponents continue to campaign.
"That agenda on whether there is an event during Lent depends on the government," Roberts said. "It would be politically naive of us to not have an event during Lent if the FNM is doing so."
He added that the country is so 'badly fractured' because it has abandoned ideals that it subscribed to in previous years.
"During (the late former prime minister) Sir Lynden Pindling's time it was a 'no no' to call an election during Lent," he said.
One Free National Movement (FNM) insider, who did not want to be named, said "I don't think it's right for any particular religious denomination to foist their views on the public."