The Constitutional Commission held an informational seminar on the proposed amendments to the Bahamas’ Constitution which aims to achieve male and female equality, especially in regards to the passing of citizenship rights to children.
The meeting was held at St John the Baptist’ Anglican Parish Hall on February 4 as the government seeks to ensure the public is adequately informed on the changes and answer questions and concerns about the effects of the amendments.
In September of 2014 Minister of National Security, who is also the Minister Responsible for Referenda and Elections, Bernard Nottage said that the referendum would be pushed back to 2015 as “certain misconceptions, concerns and even anxieties persist, especially in relation to bill number two, relating to possible citizenship for foreign spouses of Bahamians, and bill number four relating to the elimination of public discrimination based on sex, that is to say, public discrimination based on whether a person is male or female.”
The seminar was headed by Justice Ruby Nottage (retired), who was accompanied by member of the Constitutional Committee Michael Albury and Island Administrator Preston Cunningham as she explained the effects each of the changes would have.
They also had a question and answer period following the presentation to hear the concerns of residents and to give clarity to any misconceptions.