Abaco leads the list with the lowest voter registration totals in the country as eligible registered voters numbers are lagging nationwide according to data provided by the Parliamentary Registration Department.
Alfred M. Sears, Queens Counsel, PLP Candidate for Fort Charlotte, accompanied by his wife Marion, took his “listening tour” to Abaco this weekend and the visit was a resounding success.
Renardo Curry, current Member of Parliament for North Abaco, was ratified by the Progressive Liberal Party as the candidate for the North Abaco Constituency once again. His ratification was confirmed Thursday, September 22.
The Democratic National Alliance, headlined by party leader Branville McCartney, held a town meeting on September 1 at St. John the Baptist's Anglican Hall in Marsh Harbour where he outlined his plans for Abaco and the country.
Some first time voters found themselves turned away from the polls on Election Day. The explanation from polling officers being that these voters were registered to the 2017 Registry, which will deal with the 2017 General Election, and not to the 2012 Registry, which included last General Election the Gaming Referendum and the Gender Equality Referendum.
Geoffrey McPhee, of the Parliamentary Registration Department, told “The Abaconian” the following is all that is necessary to register to vote according to the country’s Parliamentary Elections Act.
On March 6, an election was held for the Abaco Softball Association (ASA) at Cooper’s Town Primary School. Cay Mills was elected as president; Mark Douglas, vice president; Laura Albury, treasurer; George Knowles, assistant treasurer; Juanyette Curry, secretary; Haziel McDonald, assistant secretary; and Nigel Bootle, former ASA president as commissioner.
On July 23 the Free National Movement officially selected and ratified their candidate to run in the North Abaco by-elections. Greg Gomez was chosen and accepted to run on the party’s behalf. The by-election will be called within sixty days after the Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham officially resigns from the House of Assembly on August 31. Other names, besides Mr. Gomez, which were considered by the FNM were Perry Thomas, Jackson McIntosh and Cay Mills. Mr. Gomez was chosen after nearly ten hours of deliberation.