It’s a NO for Gre­na­di­ans!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - --- A.H

Gre­na­di­ans have voted over­whelm­ingly against mak­ing any changes to their 1974 con­sti­tu­tion. In the re­sults from Thurs­day's Ref­er­en­dum, the elec­torate re­jected all of the seven bills on the bal­lot for vot­ing.

The bill which came in for a ham­mer­ing was the con­tro­ver­sial “Rights and Free­doms” which lost by over 11, 000 votes.

This bill gen­er­ated the most dis­cus­sion in the country as church lead­ers urged their fol­low­ing to vote against the mea­sure on the grounds that it could open the door to same sex mar­riages on the island.

In com­ments made af­ter the re­sults were an­nounced, Prime Min­is­ter Dr. Keith Mitchell said he re­spected the wishes of the peo­ple but accused the op­po­si­tion of “play­ing games” by in­flu­enc­ing the peo­ple to vote against mea­sures that were good for the con­sti­tu­tion.

The polling was marked by a very low voter turnout es­pe­cially among the young peo­ple.

A to­tal of 71, 242 per­sons were el­i­gi­ble to vote in the ref­er­en­dum, which saw less than half of them cast­ing bal­lots.

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