Prime Minister Perry this morning announced that the general election will be held on May 10.
Christie made the announcement at the Office of the Prime Minister, signaling the official countdown to the hotly contested race.
The address came minutes after Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade, acting in his capacity as provost marshal, read a proclamation from Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling dissolving Parliament.
Greenslade also read a second proclamation revealing that Parliament will reconvene on May 24.
In his address, the prime minister said, “It is now left to you, the citizenry of our beloved nation, to decide who will fill those seats in the next House of Assembly.
“In doing so, you will also be deciding who will form the government of The Bahamas for the next five years.
“You will make that momentous decision in what I’m confident will be free and fair elections following a spirited, but peaceful campaign.
“Let us contest the forthcoming elections will all the vigor at our command. Let us do so, however, with respect for the human dignity of our opponents and with respect for the traditions we all hold dear.
“We are one of the oldest democracies in the hemisphere. Our Parliament traces its history back hundreds of years.
“Let us by our conduct in the general election campaign continue to prove ourselves worthy of the great democratic traditions of free, fair and peaceful elections that have made our country the marvel of nations around the world.
“I have confidence that we shall.”