Referendum budget under consideration

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The government says it is still considering a budget for the country’s first referendum on November 6.

The budget has apparently not been confirmed with two months to go before the exercise.

On Thursday, Cabinet held a discussion on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and the need to bring more information to the public on the operations of the apex court.

The Cabinet was reminded that in 37 years of independence, only 30 cases have been brought from Antigua and Barbuda to the Privy Council.

Two-thirds of those cases, or nearly 20 of the 30 cases had been correctly adjudged by the High Court of Antigua and Barbuda.

“The cost of getting to the Privy Council was almost ten times the cost of access to the CCJ; the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda have already paid their US$10 million dollars to the CCJ Trust Fund in order to guarantee its inoculation from political interference.”

The judges who sit on the CCJ are selected by a Judicial and Legal Services Committee which draws its membership from a wide cross-section of non-governmental institutions.

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