Members of the Bahamas Union of Teachers took to the polls to elect a new slate of officers. Public Schools were dismissed early to facilitate the exercise. Incumbent Secretary General, Tiffany Delancy-Laing spoke to ZNS about the elections. She said, “we have approximately 2,600 persons in the Bahamas Union of Teacher who are able to vote. On the islands I believe all of the polling stations would have opened at 8 am and so we were off to a very good start this morning. Members are turning out, members are voting, they are exercising their right to vote. They are using their voices. This is the one time they get to say who they want for leadership positions in the Bahamas Union of Teachers.”

Delancy-Laing said there are a number of people running independents seeking leadership positions such as Dion Johnson. She went on to say, “I think for the first time in the history of the Bahamas Union of Teachers we have something I believe is very good in our union where we have a whole group of persons running against the other team of persons. And so you have a lot of independent candidate who are now vying for these positions, who want to make a change, who want to make a difference, who want to be the change in their organization.”