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Bahamas: UNDERMINED: Constituencies Commission chair accuses PM of “undermining” boundaries report

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Constituencies Commission Chairman and Speaker of the House of Assembly Halson Moultrie yesterday accused Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis of undermining the commission’s potential recommendations of boundary changes, noting that the prime minister has already printed campaign paraphernalia with the Free National Movement (FNM) winning the existing 39 seats.

He also said the prime minister’s utterance that the boundaries will not change in absence of the data and information in the commission’s possession was “premature”.

He made the statement while appearing as a guest on ILTV’s “Beyond The Headlines” with host Clint Watson.

Moultrie has previously said the commission could recommend the creation of four more seats or changes to the makeup of some constituencies to achieve voter parity.

“It is really unfortunate and regrettable that the prime minister prematurely undermined the work of the commission by stating there would be no changes — ‘what you have is what you have’ and has gotten his party’s paraphernalia with the number 39 and so on already made up and displaying it publically,” Moultrie said.

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