Today, Thursday, May 05, 2015 - The Chairman Christopher J. Loeak and the Members of the Pre-Convention (Pre-ConCon) Committee met with the President Hilda Heine and the Members of the Cabinet to give update on the latest development on the holding of the Constitutional Convention.
The Chairman Loeak presented a synopsis of the events that lead up to the holding of the Constitutional Convention some of which are as follows:
July 15, 2016 – Filing of nomination opens.
August 15, 2016 – Closing of Nominations.
October 11, 2016 – Election of Concon Members.
November 11, 2016 – Declaration of members of Concon.
December 11, 2016 - Official Announcement of Delegates.
Convention to be held one month after the holding of the election.
Chairman Loeak also highlighted related issues which include (i) the consideration of 12 Iroij representatives to be held by Concensus of the Iroij dormain, (ii) raise the sitting allowance of Concon members from $75.00 per sitting day to $100, (iii) increase the 30 sitting days for Concon to 60 sitting days, (iv) to allocate $100,000 for Pre-ConCon Committee for expenditure in the preparation for the Concon (v) to increase from 30 to 60 days the time period between the election and the holding of the Concon itself, (vi) to provide in the Act, provision for hiring of government and other agencies employees, leave with pay to assist the work of the Concon.
The time-line is still under consideration depending on the Cabinet on what it sees, whether to have the Concon commence before the Christmas or after Christmas between January and April taking into account the Nitijela sessions.
Chairman Loeak, expressed that the Pre-Concon Committee is steadily committed and engaged to ensure that the Concon is convened, followed by the holding of a referendum.
Any person who is interested in running for the Concon, do take note of the important dates and please do stay-tune for any changes and other events that leads up to the Convention, during the convention, and after the Convention.