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The Liberian President has ordered all government offices and businesses to be closed from 6am to 6 pm in observance of National Referendum Day Tomorrow August 23 2011 Liberians will stand in long cue to either say YES or NO in a national referendum The day will be observed in consonance with chapter 12 articles 91 of the Liberian constitution It provides the holding of national referendum by the National Elections Commission The declaration of the day is intended to allow eligible voters turnout for the process and for their movement to be unhindered The government is calling on all workers students and the public to turnout for the process The referendum has four propositions They include Residency Clause to amend article 52c so that the residency requirement for presidency be reduced from ten 10 years to five 5 years prior to an election 2 Retirement for Judges to amend Article 72b so that the Supreme Court and Judges of the subordinate courts of records shall serve for life except that they shall be retired at age seventy five 75 3 Elections Date to amend Article 83a so as to change the current constitutional election date from the second Tuesday in October to the second Tuesday in November 4 Absolute majority requirement for elective positions to amend Article 83b so that election for all public officers except for the president and vice president shall be by simple majority of valid votes cast in any election in Liberia Most political and legal pundits have argued that the August 23 2011 referendum is illegal and are also protesting against the referendum terming it as a ploy to protect few individuals who they alleged do not meet the minimum requirement of 10 years residency in Liberia before the October 2011 elections Already the standard bearer of the biggest opposition party Counselor Winston Tubman has called on all of his supporters to not participate in the
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