Members of the Save Our Bahamas Committee yesterday called the Vote Yes Committee’s promise of a public share offering if web shop gaming is legalized a “shameless ploy designed to buy votes”.
Topic: gambling referendum
In a Press Conference held at the FNM Headquarters today, FNM Party Leader, Dr. Hubert A. Minnis stated that the referendum is a “royal mess” and that The Bahamas has once again become “A Nation for sale!”
As we enter a new year filled with opportunities to direct the path of our nation, the Bahamian public will have the opportunity to weigh in on a local industry that has formed a part of our society from time immemorial.
While the recent handling of the dismissal of MP Greg Moss as National Insurance Board chairman did little to score brownie points for Prime Minister Perry Christie, the next test for the PLP is the gambling referendum on January 28, and its aftermath.
Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis has criticized the government for proposing to close numbers houses temporarily if the gambling referendum passes, but not having the will to shut the sector down ahead of the vote.
Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe says it would take over $1 million and at least a year to structure a national lottery in the Bahamas.
Bahamians will be forced to answer two important questions in this year’s upcoming referendum on gambling: Do you support the regulation and taxation or web shops? Do you support the establishment of a National Lottery?
The legalization of gambling leaves too much at stake, said Margo Victor, assistant pastor at Living Water Assembly of God.
Responding to criticism that he only met with the “gambling boys” before the referendum announcement date, Christie said he plans to meet with the Bahamas Christian Council to discuss ballot questions.