After extending invites to both political parties for candidates to speak at a public forum tonight, Generation Next has confirmed that only candidates representing the Progressive Labour Party have agreed to participate.

The forum, to be held at the Dr EF Gordon Memorial Hall this evening, was organized to allow “young people to discuss the issues, voice their concerns, and share their visions” with public representatives.

Spokesman and founder Eron Hill said today: “This invitation remains extended to both parties’ members, senators, former members of parliament and candidates in the upcoming General Election. A question and answer period will follow the open-mic session with the candidates, followed b a period (after the event) allowing for public representatives to avail themselves of more intimate one-on-one discussion.

“The event will be hosted by Generation Next members Aminah Simmons and Kemilah Swan.

“Both parties’ candidates were contacted collectively and subsequently contacted individually to confirm their attendance,” he said. At the time of drafting (July 3rd 7:50am) the following candidates and community activists have confirmed that they will attend and address the audience:

Opposition leader David Burt, Wayne Caines, Jason Hayward, Zane DeSilva, Walton Brown, Dennis Lister, Dennis Lister III, Jamahl Simmons, Diallo Rabain, Wayne Furbert, Chris Famous, Renee Ming, Rolfe Commissiong, Ernest Peets, Lovitta Foggo, Graham Maule and M.O.V.E. representative Willie Ferguson.

Mr Hill noted that at the time of drafting the list, several candidates “wrote to send their apologies due to other commitments”.

“We are most grateful to them for confirming their position and for the well wishes that were expressed by all of them,” he said.

That list includes One Bermuda Alliance candidates Nandi Outerbridge, Nick Kempe, Nalton Brangman, Wayne Scott, who has stepped down from politics, PLP candidates Tinee Furbert, Diallo Rabain, Col David Burch, Anthony Richardson and Derrick Burgess.

The public forum gets underway at 6pm this evening at Bermuda Industrial Union headquarters on Union Square.