The Bahamas, national Obligatory referendum [LOR] - To alter provisions of the Constitution

General Typology

Instrument
Obligatory referendum [LOR]
Location
The Bahamas
Political level
national
Local Name:
To alter provisions of the Constitution
Normative Level:
constitutional
Legally Binding:
yes
Legally Defined:

Article 54(1) Subject to the provisions of this Article, Parliament may, bay an Act of Parliament passed by both Houses, alter any of the provisions of this Constitution or (in so far as it forms part of the law of the Bahamas) any of the provisions of The Bahamas Independence Act, 1973.(..)

(d) any of the provision of the Bahamas Independence Act 1973, a Bill for an Act of Parliament under this Article shall not be passed by Parliament unless: 

(i) at the final voting thereon in each House it is supported by the votes of nor less than three-quarters of all the members of each House, and

(ii) the Bill, after its passage through both Houses has been submitted to the electors qualified to vote for the elections of members of the House of Assembly and, on a vote taken in such manner as Parliament may prescribe the majority of the electors voting have approved the Bill.

(3) In so far as it alters —

(a) this Article;

(b) Articles 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 38, 39, 40, 45, 46, 51, 52, 60, 61, 62, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104 or 105 of this Constitution; or

(c) Articles 106, 127 or 137 of this Constitution in their application to any of the provisions specified in subparagraphs (a) or (b) of this paragraph; or

(d) any of the provisions of The Bahamas Independence Act 1973,

a Bill for an Act of Parliament under this Article shall not be passed by Parliament unless

(i) at the final voting thereon in each House it is supported by the votes of not less than three- quarters of all the members of each House; and

(ii) the Bill, after its passage through both Houses has been submitted to the electors qualified to vote for the election of members of the House of Assembly and, on a vote taken in such manner as Parliament may prescribe the majority of the electors voting have approved the Bill.

Ref.: Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, 1973 (accessed 19.05.2020)

Subject Matter:

To amend the constitution

Actors

Author:
Authority
Initiator:
Law
Decision maker:
The whole electorate

Requirements

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Approval Quorum:
Majority of voters
Geographical Quorum:
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