Referendum on Grenada’s Constitution set for Oct. 27

Referendum on Grenada’s Constitution set for Oct. 27
Cecile La Grenade, the governor general of Grenada, left, shakes hands with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, at Buckingham Palace, London, Wednesday July 9, 2014.
Associated Press / PA, John Stillwell, file

It is official! Grenadians will go to the polls on Oct. 27 to vote on a referendum to remodel Grenada’s 42-year-old Constitution.

Last week Governor General Dr. Cecile La Grenade issued the writ for the election. The date for registration of voters to participate in the referendum will be Oct. 4.

Electoral officials said more than 70,000 persons are already registered to vote in the referendum that would likely to be observed by regional and international teams.

Voters will be asked to vote either in favor or against seven bills that will require a two thirds majority of the votes cast on each bill to get approval.

Among the seven bills are one calling on voters to say whether they approve replacing the London-based Privy Council with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the island’s final court, a specific date for general elections, the term limit for the head of government as well as ensuring the appointment of a leader of the opposition and that Carraicou and Petit Martinique be included in the official name in Grenada.

The referendum follows a series of public discussions on the constitution that was spearheaded by the Constitution Reform Committee chaired by former attorney general Dr. Francis Alexis.

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