Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada vote in referendum on CCJ

The Caribbean Court of Justice in Trinidad

Antiguans and Barbudans are turning out in large numbers today to vote in the country’s first referendum.

They are voting to decide whether the twin island state will retain the London-based Privy Council as its final court or accept the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in its final appellate jurisdiction.

The polls opened at 6 a.m. and end at 6 p.m.

Antigua’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, maintains that the CCJ is the way to go.

The government needs a 67 per cent vote in the referendum coupled with a two-thirds majority in the Parliament to move to the CCJ.

Grenadians are also voting this morning for the same reason.

The main opposition there, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), urged the population to vote “no”.

The executive of the NDC initially supported the exercise but the party’s interim political Leader, Joseph Andall, said the party has taken a new position because members are not satisfied with the process.

The CCJ was established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court, but while many of the 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries are signatories to the court’s Original jurisdiction, only Barbados, Guyana, Belize and Dominica are members of its Appellate jurisdiction.

The CCJ also functions as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the regional integration movement.

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3 Comments

  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    November 6, 2018

    Well, in Grenada, and Antigua, a democracy exists!

    In our system in Dominica we have an undeclared dictatorship; where one man thinks for the nation, especially those puppets who bow to the dictator. When someone boldly declare to a nation that ” no law or constitution can prevent him from been prime minister of the country” and  his idiotic and stupid supporters clap and shout!

    It would be unlikely anybody would object to Roosevelt single handily woke up one day and simply say he was severing (cutting) Dominica out of the Privy Council in England.

    No opposition or any called for a referendum, the people had no choice or involvement whereas the god, and dictator Roosevelt did as he deem feet, just as he has no respect himself, he shows no respect to the nation, and a bunch of fools simply accepts anything that man do!

  2. Chavez
    November 6, 2018

    Dominicans never voted

    • Amarossa
      November 7, 2018

      No. It was chucked down our throats before we knew what was happening.

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