PRIME Minister Perry Christie announced yesterday that the gambling referendum question(s) will be presented to his cabinet for approval before a meeting with proponents and opposers of gambling takes place.
Yesterday’s announcement by Mr Christie follows heavy criticism and inquiries as to why the prime minister had yet to release the questions for those voting in the January 28, 2013 referendum.
“I have decided,” Prime Minister Christie said outside the Cabinet office yesterday morning,“whether it’s criticism or not, there are two options that I will be putting to the cabinet.
“And then I will cause discussions to take place with those who I note to be proponent.”
“I know the FNM has now launched their campaign for no, but I will meet with the Christian community as they organise through the Christian Council to explain the question or questions.”
In August, when Mr Christie announced that the referendum would take place he said there would be a 30-day period between calling the referendum and voting day, so that people could be educated about the issues.
This will include debates, panel discussions and published position papers, the Prime Minister said.
He said the referendum will not extend to any other forms of gambling, including casino gambling.
The referendum was scheduled for December 3.
However, the prime minister delayed it to January next year for further review and to include a national lottery in the vote.
No date has been set as to when the question(s) will be released.