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No debate for party leaders

A debate between the leaders of the two political parties has been called off.

According to One Bermuda Alliance chairman Thad Hollis, the two parties agreed that a debate after yesterdays’ advance polling would “disadvantage and disrespect those who have already voted.”

It is unclear why a debate could not be organised before the advance poll.

“Representatives of the PLP and the OBA have met and subsequently reached an agreement regarding joint public meetings, debates and interviews between the leadership during the Election Writ Period,” Mr Hollis said in an e-mailed response to our queries.

“As some of the voters will have already voted by 11th December in the Advance Poll, it was proposed to the OBA by the PLP that to hold a debate would disadvantage and disrespect those who have already voted. They stated that to proceed after 11th December would not be respectful to the electorate.

“Mr Cannonier was eager to engage but, persuaded by the point of fairness to the electorate, reluctantly concurred with the PLP position.

“Therefore, out of respect to our agreement with the PLP, we will honour the position formally agreed to by mutual agreement and there will be no debate between the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition prior to 17th December, 2012.”

There was no response from the PLP.

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Published December 12, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated December 12, 2012 at 12:30 am)

No debate for party leaders

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