Ref­er­en­dum on con­sti­tu­tional amend­ments to be held on Oc­to­ber 30 and 31

The UB Post - - Politics - By B.BYAMBADORJ

The question of a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment ref­er­en­dum was green­lit by Par­lia­ment with 55 out of 58 law­mak­ers in at­ten­dance ap­prov­ing it on Septem­ber 7.

On Mon­day, the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on State Struc­ture dis­cussed the as­so­ci­ated par­lia­men­tary de­cree, and set the date for a con­sti­tu­tional ref­er­en­dum for Oc­to­ber 30 and 31, 2019. Dur­ing the meet­ing, the head of the stand­ing com­mit­tee S.Byam­bat­sogt pre­sented to its mem­bers that the stand­ing com­mit­tee must now de­fine the rea­son for Par­lia­ment’s ap­proval of a ref­er­en­dum in writ­ing, start and end dates, and reg­u­la­tions for its or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Par­lia­ment mem­bers L.Oyun-Er­dene, D.Tog­tokhsuren, N.Enkhbold, G.Zan­dan­shatar, O.Sod­bi­leg, N.Tseren­bat and J.Munkhbat asked and cleared a num­ber of ques­tions re­gard­ing the pre­vi­ously dis­cussed ref­er­en­dum, in­clud­ing the debate of the ref­er­en­dum date of Oc­to­ber 23 and its bud­get, list of vot­ers and prepa­ra­tion work. They also dis­cussed how the stand­ing com­mit­tee should present the amend­ments to the pub­lic at large.

On bud­getary con­cerns, Chief of the Cab­i­net Sec­re­tar­iat L.OyunEr­dene warned that cur­rently the bud­get for the ref­er­en­dum is set to be is­sued from the govern­ment re­serve funds, but the re­serve funds are not enough for or­ga­niz­ing the ref­er­en­dum. More­over, he elab­o­rated that un­planned ex­penses, or ones that were not in­cluded in the an­nual govern­ment bud­get, does not in­clude a ref­er­en­dum-type ex­pense and only emer­gency costs such as a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter.

“There­fore, the de­cree should be amended as nec­es­sary. In Ar­ti­cle 8.1 of Law on Ref­er­en­dums, its costs should be cov­ered by the na­tional bud­get. Par­lia­ment has the power to amend the na­tional bud­get as they see fit, but there might be con­cerns over in­creas­ing the na­tional bud­get due to the agree­ment with the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund, but as th­ese costs are as­so­ci­ated with con­sti­tu­tional mat­ters, I think they will likely come to an agree­ment,” L.Oyun-Er­dene said.

He also noted the pos­si­bil­ity of un­planned ex­penses, such as ad­di­tional print­ing of the amend­ment drafts to the masses, and var­i­ous other in­cal­cu­la­ble im­ple­men­ta­tion costs.

Head of the Gen­eral Elec­tion Com­mit­tee Ch.Sod­nomt­seren elab­o­rated on the cur­rent date of the ref­er­en­dum and or­ga­ni­za­tional ap­proaches.

He com­mented, “Once the de­ci­sion to hold a ref­er­en­dum is made, Par­lia­ment will set a date for it within 21-45 days af­ter this de­ci­sion,” mean­ing Oc­to­ber 23 is the date for the ref­er­en­dum. The Gen­eral Elec­tion Com­mit­tee is re­spon­si­ble for pre­par­ing for a ref­er­en­dum within 30 days of Par­lia­ment’s de­ci­sion to hold a ref­er­en­dum.

...Chief of the Cab­i­net Sec­re­tar­iat L.Oyun Er­dene warned that cur­rently the bud­get for the ref­er­en­dum is set to be is­sued from the govern­ment re­serve funds, but the re­serve funds are not enough for or­ga­niz­ing the ref­er­en­dum...

L.Oyun-Er­dene

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