Friday 16 November, 2018

Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda vote to keep Privy Council

Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda have both voted to keep the Privy Council, based in London, as their final appellate court, rejecting the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in Trinidad.

While Trinidadian’s celebrated Divali on Tuesday, both countries held referendums which required a two-thirds majority to succeed.

Grenadians voted 12,133 to 9,846 to keep the Privy Council.

News entity Caricom Today notes that election officials reported a low voter turnout with 21,979 of the 79,410 registered electors casting their ballots.

This is the second time Grenadians voted on the issue after a similar vote two years ago failed to get the required support. That year, Grenadians overwhelmingly rejected seven pieces of legislation which includes the CCJ, to reform the island’s constitution which remains the same 42 years after British rule.

Meanwhile, Antigua and Barbuda also voted against the switch.

A total of 9,234 persons chose to remain with the London-based Privy Council while 8,509 wanted the CCJ.

Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana have already selected the CCJ as their final court of appeal.


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