Adding her name to the mix of candidates to contest the upcoming bye-election in North Abaco, Ali McIntosh, “Servant Leader” of the Bahamas Constitution Party (BCP), is seeking to provide for the inclusion in Parliament of the voice of third parties, “so that other divergent and also conservative views may be available.”
The former Prime Minister, the Right Honorable Hubert Ingraham, handed in a letter to Parliament on July 19 setting the date of his resignation for August 31, 2012.
Ms. McIntosh said the BCP wanted to be certain that Mr. Ingraham had officially tendered his resignation and thought it important to respect his final interactions with the constituents he represented for 35 years, before starting their campaign.
The 46 year old McIntosh, with deep family roots in North Abaco dating back over 112 years, through the McIntosh and Edgecombe families, in Green Turtle Cay, Fire Road and Coopers Town, considers herself the best choice to represent North Abaco nationally.
She believes her consistency and commitment to the people of North Abaco over the years, places her ready to serve that most northern island community, and that if elected, she is best suited to bring unity, a greater level of community fellowship and provide effective representation to all North Abaconians, despite political affiliations.
She noted that, “As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Women Suffrage in the Bahamas, I thought it appropriate to continue to celebrate the work and accomplishment of the Suffragettes, by aggressively continuing to pursue the goals set by them for women’s involvement in governmental leadership with men.”
She believes, especially in view of the recent report for the Organization of American States (OAS) who observed our recent election, it is necessary that the percentage of women in Parliament be increased to allow the needs and the voices of women to be heard in our national affairs.
She added that her coming forward is to seek to expand and provide for the inclusion in Parliament the voice of third parties so that views, other than the PLP’s and the FNM’s, may be heard.
She said that the mood and sentiments of some of the people in North Abaco has changed with the imminent departure of Mr. Ingraham. “Many people are bitter and disappointed at the sudden resignation on Mr. Ingraham, which they say shows little respect for the people who elected him for 35 years. Others are even more disturbed that having left public life, Mr. Ingraham involvement in the selection of the FNM candidate is further disrespectful of their feelings,’ she said.
Ms. McIntosh said “I am confident that the people of Abaco are deeply reflective of their decision going into the upcoming Contest, and are preparing to go in another direction during this By-Election.”