Government Supports Proposal to Amend Constitutional Provisions on Referenda

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Photo: Robert Anic/PIXSELL
Photo: Robert Anic/PIXSELL

The amended constitution and the adoption of the new Referendum Act, which is also in the pipeline, will fully regulate this area of law, the government said in a statement on Wednesday.

The proposed amendments will facilitate the launch of referendum initiatives by voters while at the same time ensuring the legitimacy of decision making, it added.

The government in particular supported the proposal to reduce the necessary number of voters petitioning for a nationwide referendum from the present 10 per cent of the total electorate, or 360,000 voters, to 250,000 voters.

“The reduction of the number of signatures required for calling a referendum will substantially facilitate the use of a referendum as an instrument of direct democracy,” the government said.

It also supported the proposal to ensure the legitimacy of decision making by introducing a decision making quorum, saying that the proposed quorums were appropriate to different cases.

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