There at least three important lessons to be learned from the Elizabeth by-election.
- Bahamian voters are fed up with "politics as usual".
- Voter turnout for the by-election was around 64%, low for The Bahamas, where the usual turnout is over 90%.
- Independent candidates are now a formidable force in Bahamian politics.
- The governing FNM party will not coast to a victory in 2012.
Hear, hear. More on this later.