9 Sep 2002

FSM voters maintain current constitution

6:47 pm on 9 September 2002

Low voter turnout in a constitutional referendum in the Federated States of Micronesia has been blamed for the defeat of fourteen proposed amendments.

The referendum two weeks ago only drew about 15-thousand people to the polls which is a quarter of the registered voters.

The results show that those amendments which had majority backing failed to get 75 percent support required for a constitutional change.

The proposals included the right for FSM citizens to hold dual citizenship, changing the distribution of national funds to the four states and direct election of the President and Vice President.

Other changes included giving FSM's four states jurisdiction over land and water and the rights to establish their own value added or goods and services tax.