Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie of the Progressive Liberal Party has told legislators that his administration intends to ask the island nation’s voters whether a national lottery should be instituted and whether internet cafes should be legalized, regulated, licensed and taxed.
The referendum, however, will not extend to any other forms of gambling. In particular, it will not extend to any question as to whether Bahamians should be permitted to engage in casino gaming, the prime minister said. This decision is a disappointment to the existing casinos and upcoming Baha Mar resort on Cable Beach.
He also said the government will maintain a position of complete neutrality on the referendum issues.