May 10, 2017 Held


Commonwealth of the Bahamas

Election for Bahaman House of Assembly

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Commonwealth of the Bahamas: House of Assembly, 10 May 2017

At stake in this election:

  • 38 seats in the House of Assembly

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State:  Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General Dame Marguerite PINDLING (since 8 July 2014)
  • Head of Government:  Prime Minister Perry CHRISTIE (since 8 May 2012)
  • Assembly:  The Bahamas has a bicameral Parliament of the 16-seat Senate and the 38-seat House of Assembly.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Queen is the hereditary head of state.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the governor-general.
  • In the Senate 16 members are appointed by the governor-general to serve 5-year terms. In the House of Assembly 38 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms

Last Election:

  • The Progressive Liberal Party won the majority of seats in 2012 with 29 seats. The Free National Movement won 9 seats, and the Democratic National Alliance was unable to secure any seats.

Main candidates in the election:

  • Progressive Liberal Party (PLP)
    • Leader: Rt. Hon. Perry G. CHRISTIE
    • Seats won in last election:  29
  • Free National Movement (FNM)
    • Leader: Hurbert MINNIS
    • Seats won in last election:  9
  • Democratic National Alliance (DNA)
    • Leader: Branville McCARTNEY
    • Seats won in last election:  0
  • Bahamas Constitution Party (BCP)
    • Leader: Collin G. MILLER
    • Seats won in last election:  0
  • Bahamas National Citizen Coalition (BNCC)
    • Leader: Andrew STEWART
    • Seats won in last election:  0
  • The Gatekeepers
    • Leader: Rev. Jeremiah DUNCOMBE
    • Seats won in last election:  0
  • United Democratic Party
    • Leader: Gregory MOSS
    • Seats won in last election:  0

Population and number of registered voters:  

  • Population:  327,316 (July 2016)
  • Registered Voters:  179,508 (2016)

Gender Data:  

  • Female Population:  166,977 (July 2016)
  • Is the Bahamas a signatory to CEDAW:  No
  • Has the Bahamas ratified CEDAW:  Yes, accession (6 October 1993)
  • Gender Quota:  No
  • Female candidates in this election:  Yes
  • Number of Female Parliamentarians: 9[1]
  • Human Development Index Position:  55 (2014)
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization:  N/A

Disability Data:

  • Is the Bahamas a signatory to CRPD:  Yes (24 September 2013)
  • Has the Bahamas ratified CRPD:  Yes (28 September 2015)
  • Population with a disability:  48,960[2]

[1] There are 5 women in the House of Assembly and 4 women in the Senate.

[2] Calculated using the WHO estimate of 15%