BJ THE MEDIA IN THE BAHAMAS HAVE NO DAMN SHAME! REFERENDUM COST $1,238,092.95 FOR NO VOTE!
Press Release Regarding the cost of holding the National Referendum on Web Shop Gaming and a National Lottery
7th October 2013
On Thursday October 3rd, when questioned about the cost of holding the National Referendum on Web Shop Gaming and a National Lottery in January, I inadvertently gave the figure of $5 million.
Almost immediately, I told the reporters, who were from the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas, Cable TV 12 and the Nassau Guardian, that I was uncertain about the actual amount. Nevertheless the figure was published in the Nassau Guardian in its Friday 4th edition.
As a result, in a note that I wrote to the author of the article and to his superiors on another matter, I pointed out that I thought it was unfair for them to have used that figure.
I note that today several newspapers, including the Nassau Guardian and others, who had no personnel present at the interview, have also carried a story using the same figure.
I wish to point out that I am now in possession of the exact figure, which has been provided for me by the Parliamentary Registration Department.
The actual figure spent was $1,238,092.95. I regret any misunderstanding that I may have created.
Dr. Bernard J. Nottage MP
Minister of National Security