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Falklands : Dates and Question set for the Referendum on Falkland Islands Political Status, 2013
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 19.01.2013 (Article Archived on 02.02.2013)

On Tuesday 12th June 2012 the Falkland Islands Government announced its intention to hold a referendum, in order to enable Falkland Islanders to express their view on the political status of the Falkland Islands. The Falkland Islands Government can now confirm the dates of the referendum, and the final wording of the question.

Dates and Question set for the Referendum on


Falkland Islands Political Status, 2013


 


By Darren Christie


 


On Tuesday 12th June 2012 the Falkland Islands Government announced its intention to hold a referendum, in order to enable Falkland Islanders to express their view on the political status of the Falkland Islands.  The Falkland Islands Government can now confirm the dates of the referendum, and the final wording of the question.


 


Following a two-week public consultation, and having taken outside expert advice on the specific wording to be asked in the Referendum, Executive Council have approved the final wording of the question, which, along with an explanatory preamble, reads as follows:


 


“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”


 


The question is also supported by an explanatory booklet, which is released today (available to download at http://www.falklands.gov.fk/assets/Official-Information-Leaflet.pdf).  Executive Council have also agreed that the Referendum would be held over two days, 10-11 March, giving everyone the maximum opportunity to exercise their right to vote.


 


The result will demonstrate in a clear, democratic and incontestable way how the people of the Falkland Islands wish to live their lives.  To that end, the Falkland Islands Government has consulted widely to identify a credible, international and independent observer mission to observe the referendum in order to clearly demonstrate that it has been held freely and fairly.   Further information will be made available in due course.


 


All of the relevant documentation pertaining to the referendum is available to download from the new Falkland Islands Government website.  Please see http://www.falklands.gov.fk/referendum-2013 for all the latest information.


 

 

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