Native Hawaiian group won't hold vote to ratify constitution

Native Hawaiian group won't hold vote to ratify constitution

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The group that organized a gathering of Native Hawaiians to draft a constitution for self-governance says it won't hold a vote to ratify the document.

Nai Aupuni said in a statement Wednesday the gathering's participants are the best ones to take the next steps on the constitution.

The participants last month approved the constitution by an 88 to 30 vote. The document allows room for recognition by the U.S. government while holding out for the possibility of independence.

Nai Aupuni has faced legal challenges to its efforts. Plaintiffs sued, alleging a race-based election for 40 representatives to the convention was unconstitutional.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an injunction that prevented votes from being counted, so Nai Aupuni cancelled the election and instead invited all 150 candidates to participate.

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