PUL Wants Referendum Postponed

President of the Press Union of Liberia, Charles Coffey

The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has written both Chambers of the Legislature seeking the suspension of the 2020 National Referendum to next year.

According to a PUL Statement issued in Monrovia Wednesday, the Union said public education on the referendum is grossly limited, and far below constitutional requirement.

The PUL is asking Lawmakers to amend the Joint resolution of the Legislature to delay the referendum and do exactly what the constitution of Liberia requires.

Article 92 of the Liberian Constitution requires sensitization on referendum within the period of one year, but awareness for the proposed amendment, has just started in the last twenty four hours two months to the December Elections.

The Special Senatorial Election, and the referendum are tied as one election; something, the PUL sees as overburdening of the capacity of the National Elections Commission to manage the 8th December polls.

Collapsing of multi propositions (terms limits) into one, creates confusion in the minds of the voters, the Union also lamented.

Journalists celebrating the 56th Anniversary of the Press Union of Liberia in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, recently mandated the Union’s Leadership to inform the Liberian Legislature and the National Elections Commission of poor civic education on the referendum, and as a result, it should be postponed.

In August of 2011, poor preparation for a constitutional referendum led to all propositions of the proposed amendment being resoundingly rejected by the Liberian People. One of the propositions got approved based on judicial review by the Supreme Court.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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