Voters have become accustomed to a variety of goods and services being provided as part of the election exercise.
In many ways, this train called The Bahamas has come to a screeching halt, with many passengers who were unable to brace for impact.
This was not a victory for the prohibition campaigners. We had an opportunity to bring this game into public scrutiny and government regulation. Keeping it in the shadows allows it to run rampant.
Bahamians believe they have been both misled and ensnared by our Prime Minister. The question now is, what will we the people do about it?
“The Bahamian people today are incredibly confused, and quite frankly angry,” said East Grand Bahama MP Peter Turnquest because some injunction has basically “negated the whole exercise” of voting.
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.
“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.
The relatively low turnout is a defeat for the government, because it means the government failed to convince the Bahamian people of several key things.