Grenadians vote ‘No’ vote against CCJ, Mitchell disappointed

Mitchell said he would not as prime minister be initiating a third referendum on the CCJ

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) — Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell said last night that he was disappointed at the results of a referendum that will not allow Grenada to join the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the island’s final court.

Grenadians voted, for a second time within a two-year period, to reject efforts to replace the London-based Privy Council as the island’s highest court.

In a national referendum yesterday, the preliminary figures released by the Parliamentary Elections Office (PEO) show that the “No” vote secured 12,133 as compared to 9,846 for those supporting the CCJ that was established in 2001.

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

“The people have voted based on what they wished to see. As a serious Democrat it [result] has been accepted. I am not happy with it but that has always been my position when results of elections are given,” Mitchell said.

“I am disappointed but I am in total acceptance of the results,” he added.

After casting his ballot, an optimistic Mitchell had said he was confident of receiving the necessary two-thirds majority of the votes cast in getting Grenada to join Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana as the Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries that are full members of the CCJ.

But he said he would not as prime minister be initiating a third referendum on the CCJ. In 2016, Grenadians voted overwhelmingly to reject seven pieces of legislation, including that of the CCJ, which would have reformed the constitution the island received when it attained political independence from Britain 42 years ago.

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7 Comments

  1. Jr
    November 7, 2018

    As a people we still cannot see our way to decide for ourself the way forward . Some things you put to the people and somethings you bite the bullet and institute as a leader and let history judge your judgement . I support PM on the dicision to advance our independence as a people to rule and judge ourself . If we still have to go to the white man to halp us solve disputes as Bob Marley say we need to emancipate ourself from mental slavery

  2. November 7, 2018

    Hip! hip! hip!Hurrah! not because the people of Grenada voted against the CCJ but because the clear example of how Democracy works was put on display for the rest of the Caribbean especially for us Dominicans. Yes PM Mitchell was given the overwhelming mandate to govern but it is often said that the voice of the people is the voice of God which should ultimately determine their destiny as regards to the rule of Law; alas!!!! our pseudo god the double Dr PhD wanna be unlike our National motto thinks that “after God is himself”; when did we Dominicans drop the ball? it was when we decided that the only qualification for Leadership that mattered was ” he young and he have dimples” little wonder he collecting honorary PhD’s like trophies; wake up my people we can do better and follow the examples of Grenada and the USA.

    • Say What
      November 7, 2018

      Two faced bigot, “ the voice of the people is the voice of God” In Dominica the voice of the majority of the people is also WHAT! St. Jean think 🤔 before you talk or be quiet 🤐.people

  3. Paul Rossnof
    November 7, 2018

    At least the people of Grenada were asked unlike the citizens of Dominica. The double doctor dictator did not see fit to consult the citizens of Dominica in this matter. He just decided that was the way to go. Now you all can see what kind of a PM you all have. No respect for any of you!

    • Your auntie brother
      November 7, 2018

      Yeah, he just stuffed that down our throats when he too could have held a referenderum. Tony will tell you that was legal but I calling that disrespectful also.

  4. Channel 1
    November 7, 2018

    It is quite interesting that Keith Mitchell who won 15 – 0 in the Grenadian general election a few months ago could not convince Grenadians to support the CCJ.

    Are Dominicans aware that Skerrit was in Grenada around October 10th/11th – the same time when a press release was put out saying he was heading to Canada? Apparently, along the way, Skerrit made a stop in Grenada to push pro-CCJ propaganda.

    Mia Mottley was another one of the persons who previously tried to convince Grenadians to support the CCJ.

    (FACT-Check the above if you wish as the information is all on the world’s internet).

    Well it seems that the Mitchell-Mottley-Skerrit backed pro-CCJ team failed to convince sufficient Grenadians to support moving Grenada to the CCJ.

    When one looks at how the courts & police are used to harass opposition forces in Dominica, who in their right mind would support a Caribbean based court which has the potential to be heavily influenced by Caribbean Prime Ministers?

    • Anon
      November 7, 2018

      Nations who are not bona fide members of the CCJ should be disbarred from using its services. This is not currently the case and low life crooked lawyers from non-CCJ states are exploiting this loophole to fleece member states of the CCJ.

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