Liberian electoral body says referendum on presidential terms will take place in December

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MONROVIA, LIBERIA - DECEMBER 26: People arrive at a polling station to cast their ballots for Liberian Presidential election at Montserrado in Monrovia, Liberia on December 26, 2017. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MONROVIA, LIBERIA – DECEMBER 26: People arrive at a polling station to cast their ballots for Liberian Presidential election at Montserrado in Monrovia, Liberia on December 26, 2017. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Liberia will hold a referendum next month on constitutional changes to reduce the length of the president’s term and allow for dual citizenship, as it has resolved a procedural issue that risked its cancellation, the election commission said on Sunday.

On Nov. 18, the Supreme Court said the Dec. 8 vote would have to be canceled after it found the ballots violated the law by presenting multiple referendum questions on the same sheet of paper.

In response, the election commission has said it can resolve the issue by printing the questions on separate sheets of paper, allowing the vote to take place as planned.

“The referendum is not cancelled. We will go ahead with it. We will meet the deadline and not go against what the Supreme Court said,” commission representative Prince Dunbar told Reuters on Sunday.

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