“The FNM is asking voters for support at a time when Bahamians are struggling with record violence, record unemployment, record foreclosures and record national debt,” he said.
The Free National Movement (FNM) revealed the election date in a statement shortly before Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham confirmed it in a national address on Tuesday night.
Earlier on Tuesday, Provost Marshal Ellison Greenslade read two proclamations from the steps of the House of Assembly — one revealing that Parliament was dissolved; the other announcing that the new Parliament will reconvene May 23.
Christie reiterated the PLP’s agenda if elected as the next government of The Bahamas.
Among those promises is a pledge to double the national investment in education.
Christie also hit out at the FNM for the record murder rate, unemployment and the government’s decision to sell the majority stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) to a foreign company.
“As part of our plan to help the nation’s economy recover and grow, the PLP will offer relief to homeowners struggling with mortgage payments,” Christie said.
“And when the PLP is in charge of building or repairing the nation’s roads and bridges and seawalls, we will be hiring Bahamian contractors and workers, not foreigners.”
Many of the promises are familiar to many Bahamians, but Christie asserted that the PLP is ready to bring change to the country starting on day one.
“So many Bahamians have already shared their hopes, dreams and their fears and concerns with me as I travel around all our islands,” he said.
“For the rest of you, I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail. This election is about you, and your future.”