Voters in Antigua-Barbuda and Grenada reject CCJ

By Caribbean News Now contributor

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The electorates in both Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda voted against the proposal to have the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their highest appellate court in separate referenda held on Tuesday.

In both countries, the turnout of voters was low and in neither case gave the proposals more than 50 percent approval, let alone the two-thirds majority required for constitutional amendment.

In Grenada, of 21,979 ballots cast, just 9,846 persons (44 percent) voted to adopt the CCJ as the final court of appeal in a second such unsuccessful poll within a two-year period.

In Antigua and Barbuda, the margin was a little closer, with 8,509 votes (48 percent) in favour of the adoption of the CCJ out of a…

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