The results of The Bahamas’ Election left many Bahamians shocked and more than a little hurt.
FNM supporters anger and disappointed was unleashed like a tsunami on Facebook in the 48 hrs after the lost.
The statements revealed the depth of the hurt and confusion most fnm supporters felt after the party’s devastating defeat at the hands of the PLP.
First they blamed The DNA for splitting the vote, but more recently they’ve blamed wholesale vote-buying.
Personally I am inclined to agree with DNA chairman Mark Humes
“Mr Ingraham said it was about leadership and the Bahamian people showed that they didn’t want his style of leadership – it was a referendum on Ingraham’s leadership.”
But regardless of why the fnm lost, the fact is the PLP is now the government.
The First 100 Day Plan Reviewed
They convinced the majority of Bahamians to vote for them and now they are the ones who must deliver.
One of the promises new Prime Minister made frequently on the campaign trail is
“The PLP is committed to hitting the ground running with a specific plan for the first 100 days”
So Bahamians are expecting action and we are expecting results. I’ve decided to evaluate the promises made in the first 100 days plan presented by PLP.
The truth is that most of these promises are vague and not measurable. So I have decided to list the ones that we can clearly hold the PLP to in the first 100 Days
- Launch key elements of Project Safe Bahamas and Operation Cease Fire, including the reintroduction of Urban Renewal
- Create a Ministry for Grand Bahama
- Re-establish the Ministry of Financial Services and Investments.
- Introduce the Employees Pension Fund Protection Act to keep pension funds out of reach for business owners, and to make directors and officers personally liable for breaches.
- Provide details for a referendum on a National Lottery and gambling in The Bahamas.
- Reduce the maximum level of stamp tax payable on real estate transactions from 12% to 10%.
- Re-introduce a ceiling on the maximum level of real property taxes payable on a residence.
What does the 100 day plan represent
A lot of Bahamians, especially FNM supporters, seem to have a misconception of what this 100 day plan is.
I think it simply represents a promise to start working and to provide Bahamians a plan to track so that we know that the Government is about the people’s business.
It does not mean that the government will solve our problems in 100 days, like some people seem to believe.
It will take much longer to get a handle on crime for example, but I do expect them to get a handle on it eventually. Otherwise I will judge them a failure in that regard, just as they did the FNM.
While I intend to hold the new administration accountable to this 100 day plan, I also plan to monitor them in other areas as well. I particularly won’t support any victimization and outright slackness on the part of the plp cabinet or plp party members.
How will you hold this administration accountable?
How long will you give them to solve or make significant progress in solving some of our major problems?