Over on Surroundings, Rob details the outcome of the Scottish elections, which were historic.
The Bahamian elections, which took place the day before the Scottish ones, were also historic. For the first time, a government has been ousted after a single term, and in the middle of an economic boom, with better times yet to come. The question appeared to be one of leadership, primarily. The popular vote was very close. The voter turnout was extremely high. For anybody who’s interested, I’m posting the numbers below, just to mark the occasion.
Total Registered Voters: 150743
Total Votes Cast: 137578
Popular Vote by Party
BDM 1186 0.86%
IND 3208 2.33%
PLP 64684 47.02%
FNM 68500 49.79%
Difference between winners: 3816 2.77%
FNM 23 56.1%
PLP 18 43.9%
Difference: 5 12.2%
For people who want to know, we have a parliamentary democracy based on the Westminster system. We have a House of Assembly with elected seats, and a Senate with appointed seats. There are sixteen senators, with set ratios between the governing party and the opposition. This is the first relatively balanced House of Assembly we have seen elected since independence in 1973.
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