Grenadian constitutional referendum, 2018

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A constitutional referendum was held in Grenada on 6 November 2018.[1] The proposed constitutional amendment, which voters ultimately rejected, would have made the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) the final court of appeal, replacing the British Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, and renamed the Supreme Court.[2] A slightly different proposal was previously made in a 2016 referendum, but was also rejected by voters.[3]

Antigua and Barbuda also held a referendum on joining the CCJ on the same day; that vote also failed to pass.[1][4]

Question[edit]

Voters were asked to respond YES or NO to the following question:

Do you approve the Bill for an Act proposing to alter the constitution of Grenada cited as Constitution of Grenada (Caribbean Court of Justice and renaming of Supreme Court) (Amendment) Bill 2018?[5]

Results[edit]

No votes outstripped yeses by 12,133 to 9,846, on a turnout of 28%. Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, whose government had called the vote, said he was "disappointed" but that he was "in total acceptance of the results".[6]

Choice Votes %
For 9,846 44.80
Against 12,133 55.20
Invalid/blank votes 119
Total 22,098 100
Registered voters/turnout 79,410 27.83
Source: St. Lucia News Online

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ANTIGUA – Antigua and Grenada to hold CCJ Referendum in November Caribbean News Services, 2 July 2018
  2. ^ Is Grenada's CCJ referendum really about access to justice? Part 2 Now Grenada, 5 July 2018
  3. ^ Grenada To Hold Another CCJ Referendum The Gleaner, 23 April 2018
  4. ^ "Antiguans and Barbudans reject efforts to adopt CCJ". Caribbean News Service. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  5. ^ "PM tells voters not to be swayed by misleading information about the referendum". Now Grenada. 5 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Grenada: Prime Minister Mitchell disappointed at results". St. Lucia News Online. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 7 November 2018.