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2012 Elections for Mayor of Cecil's Room
By Robbin Whachell, Editor, The Bahamas Weekly
Feb 17, 2012 - 12:45:15 PM

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6 year old Cecil holds his two candidates, Monkey and Teddy. Cecil is a grade 1 of St. Andrew's School in Nassau, Bahamas.

Teddy vs Monkey:  One Mother's Quest to Help Her Child Understand Elections

Nassau, Bahamas  - When 6-year-old Cecil, a grade 1 student who attends St. Andrew's School asked his mother what all the photos and posters on the trees and polls around town were for, Maria Gonzalez-Graves told her son that the country was getting ready for an election.

Inquisitively Cecil wanted to know more about what an election was. After his mother explained it further,  Cecil went home and decided to have an election with the toys in his bedroom. All that weekend Teddy and Monkey campaigned for "Mayor of Cecil’s Room"
"Cecil appointed himself as 'King' of the room.

Teddy Vs Monkey  - Who would become Mayor of Cecil’s Room?

The election committee decided that based on the biased nature of Cecil, the “King” of the room, they would have to accept votes from neutral voters. A Facebook page was also set up. Cecil even held a rally. Voting took place on January 29, 2012.

"Surprisingly we got over 500 votes in less than a week from all over the Bahamas...and the world, some as far as South America, Canada, the UK and all over the US. What started off as an innocent question turned into a very fun, but interesting learning experience for my son," said Gonzales-Graves.

The exercise was not only beneficial to Cecil, but to students at the St. Andrew's School. "It gave the parents and the teachers at Cecil's school an opportunity to explain to their kids in a very simple, but fun way, what an election is and how we select our leaders," said Cecil's mother.  

When TheBahamasWeekly.com asked permission to run Cecil's story and photos, Mrs. Gonzalez-Graves asked Cecil and said his exact words were... "Cool...sure!" and his dad quickly chimed in with a shout,  "Monkey wants the truth to be told!!!"....

"That kind-of sums up our family," said Mrs. Gonzales-Graves.

Oh, and by the way, TEDDY WON!


Candidate Monkey

Candidate Teddy

Teddy vs Monkey Election 2012 - Mayor of Cecil's Room campaign


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