Saturday, July 2, 2022


5 Ways to Cope if Your Party Lost: It’s Just Politics

The loss of candidates in the General Election can cause supporters to unpack a slew of emotions.

You’ve campaigned, perhaps volunteered and/or voted with surety of a win at the polls. But your candidate and party lost.

Here’s how to cope:

  1. Take a break from social media

Memes, photos and posts on social media can bait you into unhealthy discussions about the election. Some people may be boastful of their candidates and post their opinions in an untactful manner while degrading political candidates. But stay away from the discussions and have meaningful and healthy conversations with people you know either face-to-face or via telephone.

2. Change the narrative and focus on the good

Your candidate may not have won but he or she ran an ‘honest and clean’ campaign. Tailor the standards of victory and focus on the strengths of the party and its candidates. They are ‘winners’ nonetheless.

3. Affiliate with people of like mind

Form a circle of people whom you respect, understand and listen to. Have a small gathering to talk about the election and keep your feelings within the circle. These friends will make you feel better after the loss.

4. Find good qualities in the winning party and candidates

Psychologists suggest writing down 3 to 5 things that are interesting about the winning party and its candidates. Though it may be difficult, it will help you to gain perspective on why others may have voted the way they did.

5. Accept the outcome

This is something you cannot change. You may never understand why other voters did not see your perspective or why you voted for another party or candidate. But accept that voters have a choice to choose whom they wish. There are many things you can not change, the election is one of them.

FNM Ratifies 5 More Candidates

The Free National Movement has ratified five more candidates for the next general election, including two newcomers to politics.

The candidates to receive ratification tonight are Courtney Coulibaly for Centerville, Vandea Stuart for South Abaco, Carlton Bowleg for North Andros and the Berry Islands, Duane Sands for Elizabeth Estates and Minister of State for Finance Kwasi Thompson.

The big picture

The Free National Movement has ratified thirty candidates so far, with a total of eleven new faces for the upcoming election. It remains to seen if controversial parliamentarians like Frederick McAlpine and Lanisha Rolle will be ratified.

FNM candidates ratified to date

  1. Michael Pintard–Marco City
  2. Frankie Campbell–Southern Shores
  3. Iram Lewis–Central Grand Bahama
  4. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe
  5. Reuben Rahming–Pinewood Gardens
  6. Adrian Gibson–Long Island
  7. Shanendon Cartwright–St Barnabas
  8. Ricky Mackey–North Eleuther
  9. Romauld Ferreira–Marathon
  10. Dionisio D’Aguilar–Free Town
  11. Donald Saunders–Tall Pines
  12. Jeffrey Lloyd–South Beach
  13. Marvin Dames–Mount Moriah
  14. Renward Wells–Bamboo Town
  15. Elsworth Johnson–Yamacraw
  16. Miriam Emmanuel–Mical
  17. Michael Foulkes–Golden Gates
  18. Darren Henfield–North Abaco
  19. Travis Robinson–Bain and Grants Town
  20. Adrian White–St. Anne’s
  21. Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson–Exuma and Ragged Islands
  22. Felicia-Antionette Knowles–Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador
  23. Kenneth ‘Ken’ Smith–Mangrove Cay
  24. Stephen Greenslade–Garden Hills
  25. Brian Brown–Golden Isles