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Minister Tables Referendum Costs

National Security Minister Dr. Bernard Nottage kept his word Wednesday and tabled an itemised document that shows how more than $1.2 million were spent on January’s gambling referendum.

Dr. Nottage told his House colleagues he felt the need to table the document because Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis did not believe him when he gave the corrected figure for the cost of the opinion poll.

Last week, Dr. Nottage told reporters that the referendum cost $5 million.

He later backtracked and corrected the figure, noting that the government spent a little over $1.2 million.

The document states that the government spent a total of $1,238,092.95.

The bulk of those funds – $586,600 – went towards paying electoral officials in New Providence.

The government transferred $254,246.98 to Family Island administrators and $123,060 to Freeport.

Monies were also spent to publish election notices, rent the Kendal GL Isaacs Gymnasium for the advance poll, transport ballot boxes to the Family Islands, airline charters and workshops for Family Island administrators among other things.

Following the minister’s lengthy breakdown Dr. Minnis asked Dr. Nottage to provide the House with more details on what the Christie administration paid consultants from the U.K and South Africa.

Leading up to the referendum the government hired consultants to provide them with advice related to a national lottery.

However, Dr. Nottage said his ministry did not hire any consultants therefore he could not provide any information related to that.

Bahamians overwhelmingly rejected a bid to regularise web shop gaming in the country.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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