Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has said he will vote 'no' in the upcoming gambling referendum.
Having previously said he would not be voting, Mr Ingraham said Thursday: "I have no personal objection to individuals engaging in legal games of chance. I have previously said that I would not participate in a referendum meant to legalize web-shop gambling or “numbers” while leaving in place a prohibition preventing Bahamian citizens, residents and work permit holders from access to legalized gaming in casinos licensed and regulated by the Bahamas Gaming Board.
“Having dedicated my professional life to the legal profession, and having been honoured to have served as a representative in the House of Assembly for 35 years and as Prime Minister for 15 years, the blatant disrespect and disregard of the laws of our land is intolerable to me.
“It is impossible for me to see at least three self-declared violators of gaming laws parade through the main street of our city, demonstrate in front of Parliament demanding that the people endorse their illegal behaviour and make them legal, and fear no consequence for their actions from the law- enforcement sector of our country.”
And he hit out at what he called “excuses for illegal behaviour."
“To excuse illegal behaviour because it is supposedly too expensive to counter is unconscionable. To excuse illegal behaviour because it creates employment is inexcusable, and to excuse illegal behaviour because some believe that it will bring additional revenue to the Public Treasury is similarly inexcusable.
“I urge all law-abiding citizens of our land to vote on Monday and to vote no. Non-participation and hence a low voter turnout will work to the benefit of those opposed to law and good order in our country.”