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  Referendum Commission
The Referendum Commission is independent in its actions and is supported by a secretariat from the Office of the Ombudsman.
Whenever a referendum falls to be held the establishment of a Referendum Commission is at the discretion of the Minister for the Environment and Local Government.
The current primary role of the Referendum Commission is to explain the subject matter of referendum proposals, to promote public awareness of the referendum and to encourage the electorate to vote at the poll.
www.refcom.ie   (300 words)

A referendum is the referring of a political question to an electorate for direct decision by general vote.
The terms referendum and plebiscite are commonly used interchangeably but the latter term specifically denotes a vote that is advisory or consultative rather than legally binding on the government.
Referendums do not easily fit in with the traditions of British parliamentary practice and are inherently polarizing, even impassioning, processes and thus are risky undertakings for governments.
www.canadianencyclopedia.ca /index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0006734   (618 words)

  referendum - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about referendum   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In September 1997 referendums were held in Scotland and Wales, in which voters approved the government's devolution plans, and, in May 1998, in a referendum held at the same time in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland the electorate approved the Good Friday agreement making way to peace on the island.
A referendum was held in Canada in 1995 on the issue of independence for the province of Québec.
Referendums in the UK British political tradition has normally rejected the referendum as an unnecessary device on the grounds that the will of the people is expressed generally at elections and between elections through its representatives in Parliament, although local referendums are used over licensing laws in Wales.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /referendum   (688 words)

 Referendum Information
A referendum (plural: 'referendums' or 'referenda' [N.B. referenda implies a plurality of issues]) or plebiscite (from Latin plebiscita, originally a decree of the Concilium Plebis) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal.
A further perceived flaw of the referendum is that in some circumstances the democratic spirit of the referendum may be flouted by the repeated submission to the referendum of a proposal until it is eventually endorsed, perhaps due to a low turn-out or public fatigue with the issue.
Referendums are rare and only once has a referendum proposal been put to the entire electorate of the UK; this was a referendum in 1975 on continued membership of the European Economic Community.
www.bookrags.com /wiki/Referendum   (4159 words)

 1995 Quebec referendum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The 1995 Quebec referendum was the second, nearly identical referendum in the Canadian province of Quebec (see 1980 Quebec referendum) that put to public vote the political roles of Quebec and Canada, whether Quebec should secede from Canada and become an independent state.
The referendum took place in Quebec on October 30, 1995, and the motion to pursue Quebec's independence was defeated by a small margin, 50.58% "No" to 49.42% "Yes".
The Referendum Act was passed by the National Assembly of Quebec prior to the referendum of 1980.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/1995_Quebec_referendum   (3127 words)

 Referendum   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A referendum or plebiscite (plural; referendums or referenda, plebiscites) is a general poll on a legislative or constitutional issue.
A binding referendum is possible only in some countries, and a certain size of the participating electorate is also sometimes a prerequisite.
In some jurisdictions measures such as constitutional amendments, ordinary laws or the "recall" of elected representatives must be put to a referendum upon the request of a certain proportion of voters, in a process called the "initiative".
www.encyclopedia-1.com /r/re/referendum.html   (485 words)

Districts are allowed to establish the rate of tax, however for the front-end referendum at the 2007 municipal (fall) election, the rate of tax proposed must be such that it would fund a property tax exclusion that is 50% of the maximum allowable homestead/farmstead exclusion.
A back-end referendum is required of any school district that has taken action to implement the 0.1% EIT or PIT and applies to fiscal years beginning with the 2006-2007 fiscal year.
The adoption of a front-end referendum confers on the school board the authority to raise income taxes only to the extent contained in the question and any future increase of an income tax to be used for property tax reduction must be submitted at a subsequent municipal election.
www.psba.org /issues-research/referendum-july06.asp   (4811 words)

 Article 4 Part 1 Section 1 - Legislative authority; initiative and referendum
All petitions submitted under the power of the referendum shall be known as referendum petitions, and shall be filed with the secretary of state not more than ninety days after the final adjournment of the session of the legislature which shall have passed the measure to which the referendum is applied.
Any measure or amendment to the constitution proposed under the initiative, and any measure to which the referendum is applied, shall be referred to a vote of the qualified electors, and shall become law when approved by a majority of the votes cast thereon and upon proclamation of the governor, and not otherwise.
The powers of the initiative and the referendum are hereby further reserved to the qualified electors of every incorporated city, town, and county as to all local, city, town, or county matters on which such incorporated cities, towns, and counties are or shall be empowered by general laws to legislate.
www.azleg.state.az.us /const/4/1.p1.htm   (715 words)

 Initiative Referendum and Recall
Signatures obtained on referendum petitions in violation of subsection C are void and shall not be counted in determining the legal sufficiency of the petition.
Signatures obtained on initiative and referendum petitions by a political committee proposing the initiative or referendum or any of its officers, agents, employees or members prior to the filing of the committee's statement of organization are void and shall not be counted in determining the legal sufficiency of the petition.
The procedure with respect to municipal and county legislation shall be as nearly as practicable the same as the procedure relating to initiative and referendum provided for the state at large, except the procedure for verifying signatures on initiative or referendum petitions may be established by a city or town by charter or ordinance.
www.azsos.gov /election/2002/info/Initiative_Referendum_and_Recall   (10251 words)

A referendum (plural: referendums or referenda) or plebiscite is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal.
Although some advocates of direct democracy would have the referendum become the dominant institution of government, in practice, in modern times, the referendum exists solely as a complement to the system of representative democracy, in which most major decisions are taken by an elected legislature.
For example two multiple choice referendums held in Sweden, in 1957 and 1980, offered voters a choice of three options, and in 1977 a referendum held in Australia to determine a new national anthem was held in which voters were presented with four choices.
en.mcfly.org /referendum   (2346 words)

 ZNet |Colombia | Colombia's Referendum
Heading into the referendum, a poll showed that 3.7% of the population claimed to have a good understanding of it and researchers showed that, on average, a person needed 27 minutes to read all of the questions (in a country with a 20% rural illiteracy rate).
The territory is not pacified, the paramilitaries' penchant for mass murder is still embarrassing, and the guerrillas have humiliated the government repeatedly.
The referendum was supposed to help him transfer that money from the social system to the war system.
www.zmag.org /content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=9&ItemID=4410   (1171 words)

 EU Referendum
EU Referendum is, of course, open to offers.
Entirely predictably, but nevertheless an important milestone in the passage of the EU Lisbon treaty from a draft to becoming part of the British constitution, the Queen's speech today, which was also entirely predictable, included provision for a Bill to ratify the treaty.
We can have as much legislative scrutiny as we like, but unless the public are persuaded that EU membership is in their interests British politics will continue to be poisoned by this issue.
eureferendum.blogspot.com   (9456 words)

 Referendum Information Office
The Referendum Information Office has been established to provide information about this referendum.
This site contains details about the referendum vote, as well as information on the current electoral system and the proposed BC-STV system recommended by the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform.
Please note that the English version is in the format required for commercial printing.
www.gov.bc.ca /referendum_info   (137 words)

 ERC: Home
The European Referendum Campaign ran already successfully between 2002 and 2004 (click on postcards to enlarge).
Vor seinem Sieg bei der Parlamentswahl in 2005 hatte der portugiesische Regierungschef Sócrates ein Referendum über das damalige Projekt der EU-Verfassung versprochen.
He postponed his decision on whether or not to have referendum after the signing of the treaty on 13th December 2007.
www.european-referendum.org   (1058 words)

 Referendum Platform
Met haar blokkade tegen een referendum over het nieuwe (lees: ietsje gewijzigde oude) EU-verdrag heeft het kabinet het verschijnsel 'gelegenheidsargumenten' naar nieuwe hoogten gevoerd.
Het langverwachte boek "Directe democratie - feiten,argumenten, ervaringen omtrent het referendum" van Jos Verhulst and Arjen Nijeboer is verschenen.
Het beste boek over directe democratie dat ooit in het Nederlands verscheen.
www.referendumplatform.nl   (126 words)

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