ElectionGudie

May 7, 2012 Held

156,987
Voted
Bahamas

Commonwealth of the Bahamas

Election for House of Assembly

Results

91%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:156,987
Valid Votes:155,928
Invalid Votes:1,059

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Progressive Liberal Party 29 - - 75,815

48.62%

Free National Movement 9 - 65,633

42.09%

Democratic National Alliance - - 13,225

8.48%

Independent Candidates - - 1,177

0.75%

Bahamas Constitution Party - - 96

0.06%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 41 seats in the House of Assembly

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Hubert A. INGRAHAM
  • Assembly: Bahamas has a bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate with 16 seats and the House of Assembly with 41 seats.

* The Queen is represented by Governor General Sir Arthur A. FOULKES since 14 April 2010.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Queen is the hereditary head of state.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the governor-general.
  • In the Senate 16 members are appointed by the governor-general to serve 5-year terms. In the House of Assembly 41 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.

Main parties in the electoral race:

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 372,388 (July 2012 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 172,128 (March 2012 )

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 190,236 (2012)

·         Is Bahamas a signatory to CEDAW: No

·         Has Bahamas ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (6 October 1993)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 5 (following 2012 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 55 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Bahamas a signatory to CRPD: Yes (24 September 2013)

·         Has Bahamas ratified CRPD: Yes (28 September 2015)

·         Population with a disability: 55,858 (est.)