Cha-cha no longer possible

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Jose Melo believes that a plebiscite to ratify amendments or a change in the Constitution is no longer possible before next year’s presidential elections.

“We don’t have time to call for Cha-cha before the 2010 elections,” he said.

The lack of time restricts efforts to amend or change the Constitution, he added.

However, Melo said policy makers can seek public approval for Charter change by holding the plebiscite with the 2010 elections.

Public consultation through a plebiscite is essential before the Constitution can be amended or changed, he added.

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