Liberians Vote on Constitutional Changes in First Referendum in 27 Years

Liberians voted today to change four constitutional provisions in the country’s first referendum in 27 years, James Fromoyen, chairman of the National Elections Commission, said.

The vote, which covered the number of years a Liberian should be resident in the West African nation to contest a presidential election and the majority needed for a poll victory, was boycotted by the biggest opposition party, led by George Weah, Fromoyen said in a speech on broadcaster Truth FM today.

Liberians were also asked to decide on a proposal to change the date of the nation’s presidential election to the second Tuesday in November this year from the second Tuesday in October, and on the retirement age of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

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