there were only two sides in this referendum...the web shop operators and the church. it is clear that the Bahamian people did not buy in to the web shop operators explanation that they want to be taxed. now if the government had that stance...perhaps the vote would have been different.
so Cecil, are you saying that bahamians are only concerned about the prohibition to them gambling in casinos? or are they so informed that they're not wasting their time on a non-legally binding exercise and are waiting for the real constitutional reform exercise to voice their opinion?
@CecilNewry: Definitely. My prediction before the election was this: One ballot question (on web shops) was doomed to fail. Two ballot questions (on web shops and the national lottery) had a fighting chance. Three ballot questions (web shops, the national lottery AND the constitutional change) was bound to pass. Sadly, this debacle will likely compromise the success of the constitutional referendum.
If gambling is not right for our country Mr Mario Moxey, when will you petition for Atlantis and all local hotels to close their casinos...
Why would this exercise compromise the constitutional reform exercise Noelle?
Is anyone going to the party formerly know as the victory party on Clifford Park? Someone please go and report back to #referendumb242.
@Noelle, do you blame, the PM for this results and more so risking future referendums?
@erinlvgreene: Because I think it is going to make people lose faith in the process. I think it has undermined the government's credibility. And, I think it has heightened the partisanship which will likely carry forward in a way that is counter-productive. All of that will ultimately undermine the next referendum.
@Noelle, there need to be a mass education of the populace regarding what is a referendum, what is expected of citizens, the structure, the procedures, then an education of the issue. there should be absolutely no more referendums this year.
was PGCs comment that he didn't have a horse in the race an attempt to avoid partisanship and making this a political exercise?
It was a naive and unsuccessful attempt to do so.
@chef Joel. the government would never put the Privy Council option as a referendum question.
@Aranha you are absolutely right.
doesn't the public have an obligation to educate itself about its country's legal and political processes? i think this is a non-binding opinion poll otherwise it would have been an issue to be addressed by the actual constitutional reform committee...
that's a primitive and useless tool to analyse what just happened, this requires more thought than that....
@Erin...when the PM used the word "I" he made the referendum about him....he had a duty to us...but the I don't have a horse in the race, showed that he was selfish.
cecil, its an opinion poll... he is ultimately responsible for carrying out the will of the people and must be sure not to unfairly influence them in an exercise like this....
Why would the PLP have to concede an opinion poll? How has the conversation on Cable12 become so convoluted?
@erinlvgreene: I was wondering the same thing. Darrel Miller just asked on Cable 12 why the PLP has not conceded the vote as yet. Makes no sense. He is also reporting a statement by Bradley Roberts who has supposedly conceded on behalf of the PLP. Conceded what?
like cecil, said earlier we all still have an opportunity to make a personal contribution to constitutional reform committee and make a clearer expression of opinion on this and other issues...
My father seems to think the low voter turn out will give the PLP an out. Anyone agree? Considering this is not a binding referendum, they could do whatever they want.
i wonder how the Vote No campaign will feel when they reread the government's statement accepting the people's position that they dn't want the government to regulate the webshops?
Noelle, tell him we still have to wait for a court to interpret the results of the non-binding vote...
the acting parliamentary commissioner is on ZNS speaking now...
If Bahamians vote in June/July to amend to the constitution to prohibit discrimination in gambling laws, then could the government still outlaw Bahamian owned web shops? The Vote Yes campaign may have a second opportunity to stay in business.
the national lottery was not even debated or explain.
@Noelle, all referendums need to be postponed until next year.
@CecilNewry: I am minded to agree.