General election today
A general election is taking place today in the Bahamas. Around 172,000 voters will elect 38 representatives (down from 41 in 2007) to the Bahamas House of Assembly. Voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.
There are four parties standing in the election with some independents making up 134 candidates across the 38 constituencies.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham will be hoping that his Free National Movement (FNM) will be able to make it two in a row. They took 21 of 41 seats in the last Assembly elections in 2007. Perry Christie will be hoping that his Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) can do better than their 19 seats in the 2007 election and secure a victory.
The two other parties competing are the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) and the Bahamas Constitution Party (BCP).