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The Bahamas In Transition # 8
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The Bahamas In Transition # 8

Tossing Mace out of Parliament

The Progressive Liberal Party had a group of men who were highly educated and most were capable of being leaders. In 1963 Paul Adderley a senior member of the party and a few members were not satisfied with his strategy and the direction he was taking the party, and attempted to force him to resign, the Christmas Coup failed.

In 1965 Sir Linden Pindling trew the speaker mace out of the window of the House of Assembly, called Black Tuesday, because he felt the United Bahamian Party was gerrymandering, constituency boundaries and had failed to make voter reform.

The boycott lasted for about nine months, and came to an end when, Paul Adderley, Orville Turnquest, Cryil Steveson and Spurgeon Bethel, were again troubled by Pindling strategy and leadership. They then decided to split with the PLP and formed the National Democratic Party, which Paul Adderley became leader.

Cyril Stevenson did not join the NDP, but remained an independent, and ran for the Kemp Bays seat in the 1967 election, which he lost to Lynden Pindling, who had a safe seat in Nassau. It appears they had a score to settle.

Snap Election

This type of event is design catch your opponent off guard. It is usually done to capitalize on a perceive idea of a good opportunity. it is not supported by law, but more so by custom, under the west minister type of government. But only the Prime Minister or leader of the political party in power, has the right to make that call.

In order for this event to take place parliament is dissolve, and the campaigning and voters registration follows. In some cases the governing party usually wins, but not always, as you will see what happens in this election.

The United Bahamian Party had become very concern about the popularity the Progressive Liberal Party, and decided that running a slate of all white candidates had to changed, if they were going to defeat the PLP in the next election.

General Election 1967

The United Bahamian Party had good reasons to believe they could win this election, they had recruited George Thompson a black man for Eleuthera, and the PLP knew they didn't have anybody that could beat him. A.R. Braynen a white independent from Harbour Island who could win easily, and had supported them in the past, and Preston Albury another black was on their side in the past.

The United Bahamian Party strategy was great in recruiting George Thompson and Preston Albury, but somehow disagreement developed, and both men switch sides and became candidates for the Progressive Liberal Party in the 1967 election.


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