Sierra Leone, national Obligatory referendum [LOR] - Referendum

General Typology

Instrument
Obligatory referendum [LOR]
Location
Sierra Leone
Political level
national
Local Name:
Referendum
Normative Level:
constitutional
Legally Binding:
yes
Legally Defined:

108. (1) Subject to the provisions of this section, Parliament may alter this Constitution.

(3) A Bill for an Act of Parliament enacting a new Constitution or altering any of the following provisions of this Constitution, that is to say—

a. this section

b. Chapter III,

c. sections 46, 56, 72, 73, 74(2), 74(3), 84(2), 85, 87, 105, 110-119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 128, 129, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136, 137, 140, 151, 156, 167,

shall not be submitted to the President for his assent and shall not become law unless the Bill, after it has been passed by Parliament and in the form in which it was so passed, has, in accordance with the provisions of any law in that behalf, been submitted to and been approved at a referendum.

(4) Every person who is entitled to vote in the elections of Members of Parliament shall be entitled to vote at a referendum held for the purposes of subsection (3) and no other person may so vote; and the Bill shall not be regarded as having been approved at the referendum unless it was so approved by the votes of not less than one-half of all such persons and by not less than two-thirds of all the votes validly cast at the referendum:

Provided that in calculating the total number of persons entitled to vote at such referendum, the names of deceased persons, of persons disqualified as electors, and of persons duplicated in the register of electors and so certified by the Electoral Commission, shall not be taken into account.

(5) The conduct of any referendum for the purposes of subsection (3) of this section shall be under the general supervision of the Electoral Commission and the provisions of subsections (4), (5) and (6) of section 38 of this Constitution shall apply in relation to the exercise by the Electoral Commission of its functions with respect to a referendum as they apply in relation to the exercise of its functions with respect to elections of Members of Parliament.

References: THE CONSTITUTION OF SIERRA LEONE, 1991 (accessed 19.05.2020)

Subject Matter:

Enacting a new constitution or alter certain chapters of the current constitution

Actors

Author:
Parliament
Initiator:
Law
Decision maker:
Electorate

Requirements

Available Time:
Turnout Quorum:
So approved by the votes of not less than one-half of all such persons and by not less than two-thirds of all the votes validly cast at the referendum
Approval Quorum:
So approved by the votes of not less than one-half of all such persons and by not less than two-thirds of all the votes validly cast at the referendum
Geographical Quorum:
No geographical quorum found in legal source
Excluded Issues:
Other Formal Requirements:

Procedural Elements

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Interaction With Authorities:
Supervision And Support:
Transparency And Finance:

Practice

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