16 Aug 2010

Samoa prepares ground for more referenda

1:47 pm on 16 August 2010

A bill to make plebiscites easier to hold has passed through Samoa's Parliament, unopposed.

Tabled by the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, the bill allows for plebiscites or referenda on issues judged important by Cabinet, including matters that could involve a constitutional change.

The bill amends 1990 legislation which was passed solely for the purpose of a plebiscite held that year on whether the country agreed to the creation of two Houses of Parliament and universal suffrage.

The two Houses idea was rejected but universal suffrage accepted by the country.