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Liberians vote 'no' to proposed constitutional changes

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-09-01

Liberian voters have said 'no' to a referendum proposing the country's presidential elections be postponed until November, officials said on Wednesday, meaning polls will open on October 11 as originally planned.

 
REUTERS - Liberian voters rejected plans to move the presidential election to November, officials said on Wednesday, meaning the poll will take place on its original date of October 11.
 
Liberian lawmakers had proposed changing the date, to make sure the vote missed the rainy season in the mineral-rich nation still healing from a long civil war.
 
The plan was put to a referendum but did not get enough support to go through, the chairman of the national elections commission James Fromayan told journalists after the results were announced on Wednesday.
 
The rejection could be seen as a blow to incumbent president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf whose party had campaigned for the date change.
 
The opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), supported by former international soccer star George Weah, campaigned for a ‘no’ vote in the referendum.
 
Fromayan said three other proposals were also rejected—to change the voting system for the parliamentary election, to reduce residency requirements from 10 to 5 years for presidential candidates and to raise the retirement age for judges to 75.

 

Date created : 2011-09-01

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