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PM promises to actively campaign for ‘yes’ vote in CCJ referendum

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, July 4, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has given the assurance that he will be actively campaigning to ensure that the upcoming referendum to make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) be the final appellate court for Grenada is not a failure.

Speaking to delegates at the New National Party (NNP) General Council over the weekend, Mitchell, who is also the party’s political leader, said the things being done by his party must be about the good of the country because what is good for the country must also be good for the NNP.

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell

“Our children and grandchildren deserve to have a Caribbean Court of Justice. We have come of age sufficiently. We have to trust our brothers and our leadership to provide justice for us and therefore I will be campaigning this time,” he told the hundreds of delegates at the farty’s first general council since the March 13 general elections.

“The last time my hands were tied, this time it will be loose,” he told the cheering audience.

The first referendum in 2016 failed. Grenada is scheduled to stage a second referendum in the last quarter of this year on replacing London-based Privy Council with the CCJ.

Prime Minister Mitchell and his team will lead a ‘vote yes’ campaign.

Data from the Parliamentary Elections Office show that less than 35 per cent of the voting population participated in the November 2016 referendum.

The CCJ Advisory Committee, which will be tasked with educating the public about the work of the CCJ and its benefits, is chaired by Attorney General Sir Lawrence Joseph. It comprises 15 other stakeholder representatives including women, the legal fraternity, the religious community and labour movement.
The previous committee was headed by Dr. Francis Alexis who is now a member of the committee.

The CCJ Bill was laid in the Lower House of Parliament on May 15 this year.

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, July 4, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has given the assurance that he will be actively campaigning to ensure that the upcoming referendum to make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) be the final appellate court for Grenada is not a failure.

Speaking to delegates at the New National Party (NNP) General Council over the weekend, Mitchell, who is also the party’s political leader, said the things being done by his party must be about the good of the country because what is good for the country must also be good for the NNP.

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell

“Our children and grandchildren deserve to have a Caribbean Court of Justice. We have come of age sufficiently. We have to trust our brothers and our leadership to provide justice for us and therefore I will be campaigning this time,” he told the hundreds of delegates at the farty’s first general council since the March 13 general elections.

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“The last time my hands were tied, this time it will be loose,” he told the cheering audience.

The first referendum in 2016 failed. Grenada is scheduled to stage a second referendum in the last quarter of this year on replacing London-based Privy Council with the CCJ.

Prime Minister Mitchell and his team will lead a ‘vote yes’ campaign.

Data from the Parliamentary Elections Office show that less than 35 per cent of the voting population participated in the November 2016 referendum.

The CCJ Advisory Committee, which will be tasked with educating the public about the work of the CCJ and its benefits, is chaired by Attorney General Sir Lawrence Joseph. It comprises 15 other stakeholder representatives including women, the legal fraternity, the religious community and labour movement.
The previous committee was headed by Dr. Francis Alexis who is now a member of the committee.

The CCJ Bill was laid in the Lower House of Parliament on May 15 this year.