Liberian Supreme Court orders cancellation of referendum

The Liberian Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the opposition to have the planned 8 December referendum cancelled for public sensitisation.

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The court, in a unanimous decision, said the referendum as planned violates the country’s constitution.

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Liberian lawyers, the journalists’ union and the council of churches had called for postponement of the referendum .

“The referendum cannot take place until public education and awareness is conducted on the proposed amendments,” the court ruled in the case filed by the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP).

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The referendum, set to be held alongside the senatorial by-elections on 8 December, seeks to change the president’s tenure from six to five years, senators’ tenure from nine to seven years and allowing people to have dual citizenship, among other propositions.

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