Local Government Nomination Day Today

Agriculture Minister Hon. Clay Sweeting

Nassau, Bahamas: Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs the Hon. Clay Sweeting has expressed his excitement for Local Government Nomination Day on 6th January, 2022.

“I am excited about what I am seeing across our family of islands. Young people, women, business persons and many others have already started to campaign towards serving as members on their councils and town committee/ boards,” he said.

“Like I reiterated a few weeks ago, we need to be a part of this change that is taking place across this country. Now more than ever, persons are realizing that you cannot just say ‘do something’ in order to help shape the future of
this country. We need dedicated, inspirational Bahamians who really want to be a part of the process to efficiently govern the Family Islands.”

Local Government plays an instrumental role in the overall governance of the country. Both councilors of third-schedule district councils and members of town committees are directly elected, while members of second-schedule councils are indirectly elected from town committees. Third schedule district councils have between five and nine members, whereas the size of councils in both second-schedule councils and town committees varies, according to population size.

Verification of information on the register will be held on 15th January, 2022. Publication of the register will be completed on 17th January, 2022 and Local Government elections is set for 27th January, 2022. The recount will be held on 28th January, 2022, the Writs will be returned on 31st January, 2022 and then the results of the Election will be published on that same date.

Minister Sweeting added that he looks forward to working with the successful candidates to progress their respective communities.
“Let’s think national but act local. Our country needs you and I look forward to working together to decentralize government services, empower local government and to continue our emphasis on Family Islands,” he said.

Source: Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resources

5th January, 2022