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Prime Minister Perry Christie on the Referendum on Gender Equality
Prime Minister Perry Christie on the Referendum on Gender Equality

June 08, 2016

Mr. Speaker: I should like to commend the people of The Bahamas for their participation in yesterday's historic vote on gender equality.

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Referendum to have no negative impact on economy

June 08, 2016

Shadow Minister of State for Finance Peter Turnquest said the outcome of the gender equality referendum yesterday would not have a negative economic impact for The Bahamas.

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Christie: The voice of the people will be respected

June 08, 2016

Prime Minister Perry Christie this morning called the failed gender equality a setback for the program of constitutional reform.

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Constitutional Referendum updates: Results expected at 2pm Wednesday, so far indicate 'a rejection of all four bills'

June 08, 2016

Wednesday 11am: PARLIAMENTARY Commissioner Sherlyn Hall has confirmed that officials at the parliamentary department are in the process of recounting ballots in the Gender Equality referendum on Wednesday and results are now expected at 2pm.

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McCartney voted no to all

June 08, 2016

Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney said he voted no to all bills in the gender equality referendum, as the first three questions did not need to be included and the wording was "unclear" in the fourth question.

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DNA promises legislation to fix gender inequality

June 08, 2016

Calling yesterday's failure of the four referendum bills at the polls an example of democracy and a wholesale rejection of the Christie administration and the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney said the result also presents The Bahamas "with a unique opportunity to finally pay real attention to key issues affecting the country's immigration policy".

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Bahamians in China: What about us

June 08, 2016

Some Bahamian citizens living in China said they were disenfranchised after they were not able to vote in the gender equality referendum.

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Hubert Ingraham suggests bill should have been retroactive

June 08, 2016

Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham predicted early yesterday that even if bill number four was approved by the electorate, it would have to be brought back to the Bahamian people at some point because it was not retroactive.

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Minnis silent on how he voted

June 08, 2016

Moments before casting his vote in yesterday's constitutional referendum, Leader of the Opposition Dr. Hubert Minnis again refused to reveal how he planned to vote, calling his decision "a matter of confidentiality".

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Butler-Turner: Vote shows lack of trust in Christie and PLP

June 08, 2016

Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner said in a statement last night after it became apparent that the four questions in yesterday's constitutional referendum had failed miserably, that the vote represented "a dire lack of trust in the leadership of Prime Minister Perry Christie and the PLP".

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PLP concedes defeat

June 08, 2016

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts conceded defeat in the constitutional referendum late last night.

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YES Bahamas blames 'political confusion' for no vote

June 08, 2016

Co-Chair of the YES Bahamas campaign Lady Sharon Wilson said last night that "political confusion" led to the resounding no vote in yesterday's gender equality referendum.

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Vote no team: God answered prayers

June 08, 2016

While one of the spokespersons for the Save Our Bahamas team last night asserted that the entire gender equality referendum was a fraud, that there was a hidden agenda and a conspiracy, and crowed about having stood against same-sex marriage, another "no" vote spokesman said the team would do all it could to "extend an olive branch" to those on the other side of the issue.

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Rejected

June 08, 2016

Bahamians yesterday resoundingly rejected the four questions in the second constitutional referendum in an independent Bahamas, delivering an unquestioned and blistering defeat to the yes camp, and refusing to accept the government's contention that the vote represented an opportunity for progress.

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Overwhelming rejection of referendum bills

June 08, 2016

THE four bills touted to bring gender equality to the country's Constitution were "overwhelming" rejected by voters at the polls yesterday, although only a handful of results were released last night by the Parliamentary Registration Department due to numerous technical setbacks.

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LIVE: Constitutional Referendum updates - results so far indicate 'a rejection of all four bills'

June 08, 2016

10.25pm: PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts has released a statement appearing to concede the Constitutional Referendum.

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Constitutional Referendum updates: Results coming through

June 08, 2016

10.50pm: The overall totals so far for the referendum bills are:

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No wins, confusion in vote counts

June 08, 2016

More than five hours after voters went to the polls to decide on four bills for the 2016 gender equality referendum, many of the results from polling divisions, particularly New Providence polling stations, were still outstanding, causing a furor across the country.

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Constitutional Referendum updates: Results so far indicate 'a rejection of all four bills'

June 08, 2016

12.20am: THE four bills touted to bring gender equality to the Bahamas constitution were overwhelmingly rejected by voters at the polls yesterday.

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A National Call to Prayer Pt. 2

June 08, 2016

Let me continue this discussion by giving a correction for the statement in part 1 of my article which says: “Britain changed its ‘Constitution’ to accommodate same-sex marriage.”

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