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“Vote Against Corrupt Governance,” Says Collie

Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Sidney Collie yesterday stressed the importance of today’s vote, charging that it is an escape from the “down spiral of corrupt governance”.

He lamented that too much damage has been done by the Christie administration.

“Tomorrow’s election provides the opportunity to make a 180-degree turn and usher in a government that respects democracy and believes in all Bahamians regardless of their name or social status,” said Mr. Collie.

The FNM chairman insists voting his party into office is a chance for a better future for all Bahamians.

“Bahamians are saying today’s election may be one of the most important we’ve ever had or will have. It is easy to see why, considering the last five years of inept rule by a selfish regime. It is as if this government, knowing it was incapable of governing correctly, gave up and began working to enrich themselves at the people’s expense. As Bahamians, we have more pride in our beloved country than to let this vicious cycle continue. Tomorrow we vote to change our course,” Mr. Collie charged.

The FNM chairman outlined numerous charges against the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) government in which he claimed it failed in execution.

“The PLP spent their 2012 campaign, and five years after, making one failed promise after another. They promised state-of-the–art education, but things only grew worse and ‘D’ averages became the acceptable norm to this government. They promised a number of new high schools, yet failed to build even one,” said Mr. Collie.

Mr. Collie further reiterated the cry that the government’s implementation of value -added tax (VAT) has compounded on the challenges of “struggling” Bahamians.

“This irresponsible government imposed an onerous VAT on the people struggling to get by saying their new tax would pay down our debt and provide significant gains in revenue. But in reality, social services have declined, while our debt has increased by $2 billion,” the FNM chairman said.

“Worse, under the fiscally irresponsible PLP regime the Bahamas has been hit with four credit downgrades, leaving us with a junk bond status. Beyond that, Bahamians struggle to find work amidst double-digit unemployment, which has led to more hardships, increased crime and a worsening quality of life overall,” Mr. Collie said.

Mr. Collie added that the government is simply incapable of making “sensible” decisions.

“Their staggering ineptitude prevents this government from making sensible decisions. They have chosen to cover up their mistakes, hide from accountability and altogether ignore the problems they’ve left behind. The PLP’s negligence of the people was in pursuit of maintaining their own lavish lifestyles and it has certainly hurt every Bahamian who suffers the consequences of their actions,” he said.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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