Opposition party wants postponement of Grenada's CCJ Referendum

Granada’s main opposition party - National Democratic Congress (NDC) - on Sunday called for a postponement of the November 6 referendum on whether the country should replace the London-based Privy Council as its final court.

Grenadians will decide two years after they voted against replacing the Privy Council with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

Joseph Andall, acting Leader of the NDC, addressing the matter at a news conference, argued that more time was needed to correct discrepancies in the CCJ Bill as well as to carry out much needed  electoral reform. He said his party, which failed to win a single seat in the last two general elections, would not continue to support the referendum if the government does not suspend the current campaign.

The CCJ, established in 2001, has an original and an appellate Jurisdiction.

But while most CARICOM countries are signatories to the original Jurisdiction, only Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana are members of  its appellate jurisdiction.


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