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 Statement On National Referendum by Hon. James M. Fromayan, Chairman April 5th, 2011

Fellow citizens:  

You will recall that on August 17, 2010, the National Legislature passed a Joint Resolution #001(2010) approving four provisions of the 1986 Liberian Constitution to be amended.  Pursuant to this decision and in adherence to the constitutional provision which states that: “Whenever a proposal by either two thirds of the membership of the Legislature  or a petition submitted to the Legislature by no fewer than 10, 000 citizens which receives the concurrence of two thirds of the Legislature is ratified by two thirds of those voting no sooner than one year after the action of the Legislature”, a Referendum is being organized by NEC, the body clothed with the authority to conduct such exercise. That is why we have embarked on this important marathon which will accentuate the robustness of our foundation as an emerging democracy.

Fellow citizens, when you go to cast your vote on August 23, 2011, you will not be voting for candidates. There will be four issues that you will be deciding a ‘YES or a NO’ for. The four propositions you will be voting on are:

1.     To amend Article 52(c) which proposes that the residency requirement for the presidency be reduced from ten years to 5 years prior to elections;

 2. To amend Article 83(b) which proposes the elections for all public officers except for the president and vice president shall be by simple majority of the valid votes cast in any elections in Liberia;

3. To amend Article 83(a) which proposes that the current constitutional election date be changed; and a new constitutional date for president, vice

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