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Falklands: Referendum on Single Constituency on Thursday 7 November 2019

Wednesday, August 29th 2018 - 07:19 UTC
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The referendum will only seek to engage with the public on the matter of a single constituency The referendum will only seek to engage with the public on the matter of a single constituency

The Falkland Islands Government has announced that on Thursday 7 November 2019, it will hold a referendum asking people whether they want a single constituency for the whole of the Islands.

 This date has been agreed in order to allow sufficient time for necessary Government preparations, both in terms of the logistics required to run a referendum and for amendments to be made to the Electoral Ordinance and the Constitution – prior to the next General Election – should the outcome of the referendum show that the public desire this change.

Currently the Falkland Islands is divided into two constituencies: Stanley and Camp. These were established by Section 27 of the Constitution and it is within the gift of the Government to amend the Constitution with respect to constituency divisions and boundaries, without requiring bilateral discussions with the UK.

The referendum will only seek to engage with the public on the matter of a single constituency and not on any other potential changes to the electoral system. Voters will be able to participate at the ballot box or by postal vote.

Further information will be able closer to the time of the referendum.

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.

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  • Roger Lorton

    Actually I am a Brummie in Kent .... although sadly I don't share the local's language or sense of humour (southerners don't have one).

    You, on the other hand, continue to talk through your rear. The Islanders are quite capable of making their own decisions without 'recommendation' from foreigners. I don't make any.

    Aug 29th, 2018 - 10:35 am +4
  • Roger Lorton

    1) No, you just like to stick you oar in
    2) With the distances involved, a bit like saying that I share a lot with my Parisian mates (of who I have none)
    3) Their choice, although your keenness for the one side would certainly make me seriously consider voting the other way

    Aug 29th, 2018 - 10:53 am +2
  • falklandlad

    There are good reasons for continuation of Camp constituency - the “soul” of the Falklands - as there are for combining into an inclusive constituency. Merits in both positions set out by El Think and Mr Lorton. The referendum terms sounds like a possible fudge or muddying tool. Needs very careful consideration, and not trigger a rush to change because of population dynamics.

    Aug 29th, 2018 - 12:53 pm +2
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