FSM voters to decide on Constitutional changes
PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): August 26, 2002 - Tomorrow is day the people of the Federated States of Micronesia will again decide whether or not to change their Constitution.
The polls will open from 7am until 5-pm for the voters to decide whether or not to incorporate the 14 proposed amendments into the FSM Constitution. The proposed changes are towards the foundation of the national government, its three branches, its relationship with the state governments and a proposal for dual citizenship.
The 14 proposed amendments are:
The Constitution provides the foundation for FSM's growth and development as a sovereign self-governing nation. Established in 1979, the framers of the FSM Constitution ensured a built-in mechanism that would allow room for change every ten years.
In 1990, the Second Constitutional Convention was held in Palikir with several proposed amendments that were not adopted by the people.
In 2001, the Third Constitutional Convention of the Federated States of Micronesia put forth 14 proposed amendments to be voted on, August 27, 2002.
For further information on this release, please contact:
FSM Office of the President Public Information: Press, Radio, Video P.O Box 34 Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941 Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092 Fax.: (691) 320-4356 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.fsmpio.fm/