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Bahamas Democratic Movement (BDM)

The Bahamas Democratic Movement (BDM) was a minor liberal populist political party in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

 was formed in late 1998 in Nassau, Bahamas and was officially launched in February 2000. The party's founders included: Cassius Stuart (political leader), Howard R. Johnson, Dario Roberts, George Carey, and a number of then-students of the College of the Bahamas. The party was formed due to a strongly held belief among the founding group that Caribbean governments generally, and successive Bahamian governments specifically, failed to incorporate young persons (under the age of 30) in the decision-making processes of government at any level. This particular view stemmed from the fact that at that time over 60% of the country's population was under the age of 30 years. Stuart and his followers believed that it was incumbent upon the government to have young persons play a more significant role in the governance of the country as opposed to merely "using them for their votes" in the period leading up to general elections. Immediately following victory at the polls however, Stuart and his followers contended that young persons were given no official governmental roles with any real political power. 

Within a year of the party's formation, Johnson, Carey, Roberts and others left the BDM citing methodological differences with Stuart as the primary reason for their departure. Soon after their departure, Johnson, Carey, Roberts and others joined another political party the Coalition for Democratic Reform (CDR).

The BDM contested 12 of the 40 Parliamentary seats in the General Elections of 2002 winning no seats and less than 1% of the total votes cast.

Founded 1998
Ideology Liberal Populist
Symbol Conch
Status Defunct
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