THE Government spent $5 million on the 2013 gaming referendum, National Security Minister Bernard Nottage confirmed yesterday.
Earlier this year, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Perry Christie estimated that the vote cost the government more than $1 million. He was criticized for spending that figure on what opponents pointed out was a non-binding opinion poll.
In January, Bahamians overwhelmingly voted “no” to gaming in the Bahamas, specifically to the taxation and regularization of the gaming industry.
Less than 50 per cent of registered voters participated, Acting Parliamentary Commissioner Sherlyn Hall said.
Some poll workers claimed the turnout was as low as 30 per cent.