Bahamas set to hold referendum on gaming
“We will not campaign for, nor will we encourage the adoption of, either a yes or no position on any of the referendum issues.”
But he said the government will actively encourage the widest possible public discussion of the referendum issues to ensure that all points of view on the issues can be heard, read about, and considered by the electorate before voting.
He said that a period of at least 30 days will elapse between the calling of the referendum and the actual voting day, so as to allow for much public debate on the issues.
Officials said that the voting process will be similar to a general election, involving the same machinery including using the voter’s registration list.
Christie said that only persons who were not eligible to vote in the May 7, general election, would have a chance to register.
The new eligible voter will have to register at least 10 days prior to the date fixed for the referendum as specified in the Constitutional Referendum Act.
“Once the will of the Bahamian electorate has been expressed and the results of the referendum have become known, the government will make the appropriate announcements as to the way forward,” Prime Minister Christie added. – (CMC)
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