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PALIKIR, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (March 15, 2002 – FSM Information Services)---President Leo A. Falcam has declared August 27, 2002 as a Special Referendum date for two proposed amendments submitted by the Third Constitutional Convention of the Federated States of Micronesia.

The special referendum will involve voting on the two identified proposals that will affect the upcoming general election in March of 2003: the direct election of the President and the Vice President; and changing the composition of Congress so that all members have four-year terms. Some now have two-year terms.

The remaining proposals will be placed on next year’s election ballots.

The national government has activated a "Training of Trainers" Task Force from the National Government to work with their State appointed counterparts in a nationwide community education effort about the 14 proposed amendments to the FSM Constitution.

The national team elected Dr. Rufino Mauricio as Chairman.

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