Friday, 18 January 2013

Falklands: referendum, dates and question

Today Friday 18th January 2013 the Falklands Islands Government made it official through a press release.

The referendum will be held over two days, 10-11 March.

In a nutshell, a referendum is a general vote by the electorate on a single political question. In this particular occasion, it is a consultative referendum and is being held to seek the opinion of the Falkland islanders on the political status of the Falkland Islands. 

There will be only one question with an explanatory preamble that will read:

“The current political status of the Falkland Islands is that they are an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom.  The Islands are internally self-governing, with the United Kingdom being responsible for matters including defence and foreign affairs.  Under the Falkland Islands Constitution the people of the Falkland Islands have the right to self-determination, which they can exercise at any time.  Given that Argentina is calling for negotiations over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, this referendum is being undertaken to consult the people regarding their views on the political status of the Falkland Islands.  Should the majority of votes cast be against the current status, the Falkland Islands Government will undertake necessary consultation and preparatory work in order to conduct a further referendum on alternative options.
Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?
YES or NO”

Below, the links to the dates, question and the referendum booklet with more information.



Referendum booklet

We will discuss further on Monday in relation to why the Falkland Islanders have the right to be listened. An important time in history for them, Argentinean, Britons and international relations.

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