On Friday, a member of the Supreme Council of the State, Musa Faraj, said that the House of Representatives and the Supreme Council of the State have exceeded the dates specified by the agreement on drafting the referendum law for the draft constitution due to the non-involvement of the House of Representatives and their inability to fulfil their responsibilities.
In a statement to Arraed LG Faraj said that when the commission completed its draft and voted on it, they then sent it to the House of Representatives and the Supreme Council of the State. The commission prepared a draft of the referendum law, in cooperation with a team of legal members of the House of Representatives and members of the High Electoral Commission. The commision then sent this draft to the Supreme Council of the state, that mandated the Council’s Legal Committee to review the draft, which made some amendments and corrections.
Faraj added that political agreement mandates that House of Representatives and the Supreme Council of the State are in agreement; stressing that they agree on the wording adopted by the Supreme Council of the State.
Faraj emphasized that the Supreme Council of the State is waiting for House of Representatives to take initiative and declare that they have formed a legal committee consisting of two committees from the two chambers conducted over two or three days in order to unify the language. He noted that the law is a technicality to control the referendum process and no more. The draft has been contributed by the Commission, and it knows best what is required to hold a referendum in a manner that is easy and transparent.