Referendum law not unconstitutional, court rules

national June 29, 2016 16:07

By The Nation

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The Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that Article 61 of the charter referendum act did not violate the interim charter.



Constitutional Court judges voted unanimously to affirm the constitutionality of the act.
Following complaints by several groups, the Office of the Ombudsmen asked the court to rule whether the second clause of Article 61 violated Article 4 of the interim charter that guarantees freedom of expression.
The second clause of Article 61 prohibits the spread of “false”, “rude”, “inciting” or “intimidating” messages concerning the referendum and the charter. 
Critics said the vague prohibition would restrict the people’s freedom of expression.
Agencies concerned have defended the article, saying it is necessary to prevent chaos and disorder.