Eugene K. MyersSource: Heritage (Monrovia)
Regarding Proposition 2 Amendment to Article 72(b), the NEC further reported 218,179 "Yes" Votes, 317,957 "No" Votes, 71,554 Invalid Votes and 607,690 Total Votes, while Proposition 3 Amendment to Article 83(a) the Commission recorded 303,250 "Yes" Votes, 231,738 "No" Votes, 72,702 Invalid Votes and 607,690 Total Votes.
For Proposition 4 Amendment to Article 83(a), the Commission reported 359,545 "Yes" Votes, 172,608 for "No" Votes, 75,537 Invalid Votes and 607,690 Total Votes.
But Rep. Wolokolie contended that the margin is not wide enough to obtain the two-third needed to pass the amendments of any of the four propositions of the 1985 constitution of Liberia.
He said the results of the referendum will send a shockwave to the ruling Unity Party (UP) that it no longer enjoys popular support from the masses.
According to him, the apparent failure of the National Referendum is due to calls from the opposition political parties to reject the entire constitutional amendments by either voting "No" to all propositions or boycott the entire process.
The former UP official said the failure of the National Referendum will demonstrate the strength of the opposition political parties in the country that are thought of as weak or powerless.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs, Dr. Marcus Dahn, has rejected comments by the NDC vice standard bearer that the UP does not enjoys popular support from the masses.
He said opposition parties are mistaken the National Referendum results with the Presidential and legislative elections.
Among other things, he added that the UP still remains the most popular party in the country and that the outcome of the referendum cannot be used for the presidential and legislative elections.
On Tuesday, August 23, 2011, eligible voters across the country voted in the much-publicized national referendum to amend provisions of the 1986 Liberian Constitution.
The referendum stems from a joint resolution approved by the Legislature on September 10, 2010. The referendum seeks to amend articles 52(c), 72 (b), and article 83 (a) and (b) of the constitution.
Eligible voters are to vote "Yes" or "No" for each of the prepositions during the referendum. Preposition one, (article 52 c) proposed a reduction to the controversial residency clause for the President and Vice President from 10 years to 5 consecutive years.
Preposition two, 72 (b) proposes an increment in the retirement age of the Chief Justice and associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia and judges of subordinate court of records from 70 years to 75 years. Preposition three, article 83 (a) proposes a change in the electoral date from the second Tuesday in October of every election year to the second Tuesday in November of every voting year. Preposition four, article 83 (b) proposes that all election for public office shall be determined by simple majority except for the president and vice president.
Tuesday's referendum was crucial because it was the second ever referendum to be held in Liberia since its existence in 1847.
The first ever referendum to be conducted in Liberia was in 1945, (98 years) after independence.
The referendum was conducted in a peaceful manner with no violence reported.