EDITOR, The Tribune.
May I address the potential impact of the amendments when all is done and one presumes the voters approve (not guaranteed).
Amendment to Article: 8… not retroactive but how many applications remain unprocessed is it hundreds or thousands? Immigration, please advise.
Amendment to Article: 10... this just gives the non-Bahamian husband in a marriage, live-existing, the right to apply and obtain citizenship. The key words here are “right” and “obtain” and in the principle of the amendment what is meant by “...making application in such manner as may be prescribed” - why isn’t the prescribed manner part of the amendment? We need to divorce “politics” totally from the giving of citizenship and as governments change the terms or the requirements to attain citizenship change. As the courts said recently The Bahamas is solely governed by laws not political policy.
How many applications are there waiting processing under this header?
Amendment to Article:14 ... inevitable to be included as otherwise there would be a conflict-discrimination as Bahamian women have this right. Has government looked at the issue of that child being a citizen of another country - The Bahamas does not permit dual citizenship; one is required at 21 years to decide, Bahamian or...I note it does not give rights to the foreign woman who bears the child.
Amendment to Article: 26... I am of the thinking that this is not drafted correctly - The Matrimonial Act says marriage is between man and woman...the Constitution is superior to legislation so The Constitution must say what marriage is with a qualifier as is used in the case in the 1969 Lotteries & Gaming Act, acknowledge discrimination and add support of the constitution to the discrimination. Editor as written Article: 26 proposed will be challenged I am reasonably sure will not prevail at Privy Council (it will lose).
Ministry of Immigration - before June 7, advise…how many citizenship application await processing? I suspect it is ‘ooo’s!
May 7, 2016.