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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.

Justice Speaks at Constitutional Commission Meeting

Above: Justice Ruby Nottage discussing the proposed Referendum on gender equality. Island Admin. Preston Cunningham and Constitutional Commission member Michael Albury behind.
Above: Justice Ruby Nottage discussing the proposed Referendum on gender equality. Island Admin. Preston Cunningham and Constitutional Commission member Michael Albury behind.

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.

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Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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