Election 2020: activists reframe leaders’ debate
Activist group Community Voices for Democracy has invited the leaders of Bermuda’s three political parties to hold a debate in front of a limited live audience on Monday evening.
The group had hoped that a live head-to-head debate could take place between David Burt, the Premier and leader of the Progressive Labour Party, Craig Cannonier, leader of the One Bermuda Alliance, and Marc Bean, leader of the Free Democratic Movement, but that did not materialise.
Qian Dickinson, spokesman for Community Voices for Democracy, said: “After lengthy discussions with the respective political parties, we regrettably have to announce that the public debate as we envisaged will not take place.
“However, this evening we are close to agreeing on a format that the three leaders can feel comfortable with and we believe will benefit the entire community.”
As it stands now, the format will have each leader facing a panel with a limited live audience.
The working group has created a format that would have the leaders tackle a variety of questions put forward by members of the public.
These will include questions from the youth group Bermuda Youth Connect and at least one moderator.
Community Voices for Democracy has worked with the island’s young people who have led the charge for a national debate.
Another spokesman added: “Our group, which involves veteran media personnel, longtime civic and political leaders with community activism, flanked by no fewer than four independent persons to ensure the process is fair, along with media collaboration, will deliver a live programme with our leaders on Monday night.
“We expect to have more details to release over the next two days.”
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