Candidate makes recall vow
Constituents of Pembroke South West would have the right to recall their MP if they vote for David Petty today.
Mr Petty promised he would set up a constituency committee which would have the power to force a by-election, if elected.
“It has become increasingly clear to me during my canvassing that C20 constituents are deeply unhappy with being taken for granted by the political parties and in having little influence in the running of the Country other than when they vote,” he said in a press release.
“In answer to this concern, I commit, should I be elected to represent Pembroke South West on Monday 17 December, that I will immediately establish a constituency committee of industry sector experts to not only advise me of constituency concerns, but to effectively act as my ‘boss’, by having the power of recalling me as the MP for C20.
“In other words, if that committee were to unanimously decide that I was not doing my job as an MP appropriately on behalf of the constituents, I commit to immediately putting myself up for a by-election.
“I will not be looking for ‘yes men’ for this committee. The members of such a committee need not even like me personally. The key qualification is that they are recognised as being absolute experts in their industry sectors and be the best qualified to represent the interests of the constituents of C20.
“For too long have we Bermudians had little or no say, other than a vote every five years or so, in how we are governed. I want to empower my constituents to be able to do so and believe that this is an appropriate place to start that journey.”
Mr Petty is one of 15 general election candidates who have opted to run independently.
David Tavares, independent candidate for Smith’s South, also issued a press statement saying he would not take constituents for granted. Mr Tavares has been canvassing the area since February, according to the statement.
“Encouraged by the response on the doorstep, Mr Tavares believes he has earned the right to represent the constituents of Smith South and will NEVER take them for granted as is the case with the other two candidates relying on their party support base with very little effort, if any, on the doorstep,” the statement read.
“Mr Tavares is a firm believer in taking personal responsibility for earning the voter’s trust. A sincere candidate must demonstrate that he or she is totally committed to serving their constituents.”