Elections and Voting in the Bahamas

In May 2002, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), led by veteran politician Perry Christie, was returned to office, replacing the Free National Movement (FNM), which had run the government for the past decade.

The FNM, led by Senator Tommy Turnquest after Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham voluntarily relinquished control of the party, was beaten badly and is in some disarray. In 2006, the PLP holds 29 seats in the 40-member House of Assembly, while the FNM holds 7 and the remaining 4 are controlled by independents. The PLP government will not have to call new elections until 2007, which are held every 5 years.

Bahamas Elections of May 2, 2002

House of Assembly
National Summary of Votes and Seats
Votes% Seats
Free National Movement FNM 52,80740.97
Progressive Liberal Party PLP 66,901 51.829
Others 9,48607.34
Total 129,194 49