Zambian President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa (R) talks with Prime Minister of the Bahamas Hubert Ingraham after an official photo session at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) at Coolum March 2, 2002. Leaders from Commonwealth nations around the globe have gathered in Australia for the 35th biennial summit. REUTERS/Pool/Martin Cleaver

Nassau, Bahamas -

Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is seeking a second term as islanders vote on Monday. He is touting his record of launching infrastructure projects while the opposition complains that crime and unemployment have increased.

Analysts are predicting a tight race between the Ingraham's Free National Movement and the Progressive Liberal Party led by former Prime Minister Perry Christie. The two parties have dominated political life in the archipelago off Florida's east coast since it won independence from Britain in 1973.

Parliamentary seats are being contested in 38 districts.

The unemployment rate has risen to nearly 15 percent in the country of about 350 000 people. There were a record 127 murders last year. - Sapa-AP