September 16, 2021
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis encouraged Bahamians to validate his party's performance in office and return him to power with a vote for the Free National Movement during yesterday's final rally of the election campaign season.
He hit familiar themes during his speech, characterising the Progressive Liberal Party as corrupt and greedy while touting the FNM’s successes as several hundred people faithfully watched and cheered him on at the former Carnival Grounds near the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre.
Dr Minnis has a well-known history of defying the expectations of his critics and opponents who underestimate him, and he hopes that Bahamians will see him today as a steady hand who steered the country through an unprecedented crisis even as health and economic challenges have continued to mount.
After taking the gamble of calling an early election, he is aiming to be the first leader in 24 years to lead an incumbent party to re-election.
In the absence of reliable scientific polls, pundits largely expect today’s election to be a close one, with undecided voters expected to play an outsized role in the result.
“Most of my life has not been in the political arena, though I respect those who have served in politics and public life,” Dr Minnis said. “Most of my life has been as a medical doctor, delivering babies and protecting women’s health. During COVID, my training and experience as a doctor and surgeon were very important in helping me to make the tough decisions about protecting and saving lives and livelihoods.
“I pledge to you tonight that if you re-elect the FNM, I will continue to work day and night to protect you and your families. I ask for your votes and for your support to move our country forward to a better future.”
Dr Minnis has sprinkled policy pledges throughout his speeches during the FNM’s brisk rally schedule this season, and he continued with that trend last night. He said if elected, more communities will benefit from tax exemptions.
“A new FNM government will expand the Economic Empowerment Zone to include Englerston, St Barnabas, parts of Fox Hill, parts of Kemp Road, and Gambier,” he said.
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