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Referendum Bill

This Monday (23 February), Members in the House are scheduled to debate and vote on a bill that, upon passage, will ensure Cayman's first referendum is held on constitutional modernisation.

The referendum is scheduled for 20 May, which is Elections Day.

In keeping with section 29 (2) of the present Constitution, the Referendum (Constitutional Modernisation) Bill 2009 states that for the referendum to pass and the final constitution draft to be accepted, more than 50 percent of the voters taking part in the referendum should vote "yes."

The proposed referendum question stated in the bill, requiring a simple yes or no vote, reads, "Do you approve the Draft Constitution, which was agreed by the Cayman Islands Constitution Delegation and the Government of the United Kingdom on 5 February 2009, and tabled in the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands on 11 February 2009?"

The bill provides for the manner and procedures of conducting the referendum, including regulations by Cabinet.

Under the present constitutional provisions, referenda can take place only for questions of national importance, which have to be brought to the House and accepted by the majority of Members.

For further information contact: Bina Mani