Between October 1, 1991, and March 31, 1992, any municipality adopting the council-manager form of government under this article, regardless of which effective date is chosen in the ordinance referenced in Section 11-43A-70, shall conduct a referendum for the purpose of determining whether after the first Monday in October following the next regularly scheduled municipal election, the municipality shall operate under the council-manager form of government as prescribed herein or, in the alternative, under the mayor-council form of government as set forth in Section 11-43-1 et seq. The council shall give advance notice of the time and purpose of such referendum by publication once each week for four consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality. All qualified electors of the municipality may participate in said referendum and the questions to be decided shall be plainly printed upon the ballot. The referendum shall be conducted, the expenses paid, the votes canvassed and the results declared in the same manner as provided by the applicable general municipal election laws, unless otherwise provided herein. The form of government for which the majority of votes are cast shall thereafter be adopted by the municipality as its form of government at the time and in the manner prescribed herein. Within five days of the declaration of the referendum results, the city clerk shall transmit to the Governor, to the Secretary of State and to the judge of probate of the county in which the municipality is located, a certificate setting forth such results.