Only about 45 percent of registered voters made it to the polls for the referendum on gambling. There were 48,012 no votes and 30,767 yes votes.
Senior Supreme Court Justice Jon Isaacs has granted an injunction protecting web shops from having to shut down.
The whole gambling referendum process lent itself to a blue hole of confusion. Even the chairman of the gaming board, Dr. Andre Rollins, said that the process was awkward and untidy.
Christie goes on record via a public statement in which he states all “gaming operations, including all online gaming and the numbers games, must cease with immediate effect.” But will it happen?
“The fix was always in; [the PLP] made a deal with the numbers people before the election. They are now trying to continue with that deal.”
The Prime Minister pledged to shut down the illegal numbers racket should the people vote against it. They did. And now the Prime Minister must do the right thing and close the webshops… expeditiously.
In the face of an overwhelming ‘No’ vote in today’s gaming referendum, it will be interesting to see if Perry Christie’s government will really close the web shops and enforce the law as promised.
Legalised, regulated and taxed gambling/gaming is a crutch for poor or lazy financial governance, a government bereft of economically progressive ideas and vision.
Dr Minnis said his party opposed the referendum on the grounds that there was a “complete lack of education”.