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Anglican Bishop Urges Bahamians To Vote

With just three more days to go before the January 28 referendum Anglican Bishop Laish Boyd is urging all registered Bahamians to go out and vote.

While Bishop Boyd again stressed that the Anglican Diocese does not support the legalisation of the numbers business, he said the issue is now focused on citizen participation.

“At this junction it is not important to focus on who will vote ‘yes’ and who will note ‘no,’ since persons are entitled to their considered position on the subject and since people will form and hold their own opinions.”

“A number of recent events and circumstances have caused some persons to become disheartened and disillusioned. Some people have concluded that they will stay out of the process. This is wrong because your vote is important. We are blessed in this country with many freedoms, e.g., freedom of religion, association and expression, the freedom to hold and to express different opinions – and the privilege of free and fair elections.”

On Thursday, former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, who on numerous occasions said he would not vote, changed his mind. He told the media that he will vote no in Monday’s referendum.

Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney has said that he will not vote.

Bishop Boyd said voting in an election or referendum is a cherished privilege and a glorious freedom.

“This is our country and most of us have no other country to go to. An issue of national importance has been raised for our comment. Make sure you fulfil your national responsibility by casting your ballot in the referendum. Let your view be registered in the process and do your part to guide the government which has asked the nation for its opinion,” he said.

“I call on every registered voter to vote on Referendum Day.”

Rogan Smith

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