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Falkland Islands votes to remain a two electoral constituency

Friday, September 25th 2020 - 09:05 UTC
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Voters could decide between the status quo, the Falklands retaining two constituencies, or alternatively voting for it to become one single constituency Voters could decide between the status quo, the Falklands retaining two constituencies, or alternatively voting for it to become one single constituency

The Falkland Islands Referendum held on Thursday, resulted in a defeat for the concept of a single constituency. Neither of the two current constituencies Camp or Stanley, garnered the two thirds support for a single constituency.

In Stanley 346 people voted in favor (57.7%) and 253 against and in Camp 71 (32%) voted in favor with 153 against.

According to the Penguin News, the referendum had a reasonably healthy turnout with 52%, probably higher than expected bearing in mind stories circulating beforehand that many people were considering not voting.

The overall percentage was raised due to the high turnout in Camp with an 82 % turnout. 274 people were eligible to vote and 225 voted. In Stanley 46% of those eligible to vote did so (605 out of 1318 voters).

Voters could decide between the status quo, the Falklands retaining two constituencies, Stanley and Camp, or alternatively voting for it to become one single constituency.

Two constituency supporter and lobbyist Member of legislative Assembly Teslyn Barkman told Penguin News she was relieved with the result: “The next general election is coming up fast and we need to ensure there are more people standing for Camp (and Stanley) and we are not just funneled into another of these [referendums] in a couple of years – and there are broader issues, what can we do about improving accountability – it shouldn’t just be only four years – and that people who are more representative of other backgrounds have a voice.”

MLA Roger Edwards, who lobbied for the single constituency commented: “That is why you have referendum and a democratic vote and I was absolutely delighted with the turnout in Camp and even in Stanley…. I am also delighted the referendum did take place after a long wait, it took a long time to get here… and we have clear mandate for where we are going forward and that is that we are not going for a single constituency for the term of this Assembly.”

This is the third referendum on this issue and all three have had the same result.

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.

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  • Zaczac121

    Gulliote what are you on about?? This has nothing to do with Brexit...

    Sep 26th, 2020 - 01:24 pm +2
  • darragh

    Sans culotte

    What the feck are you going on about? - what the sodding hell has this got to do with Brexit?

    I knew you were an uneducated twat but that just about takes the biscuit.

    Sep 26th, 2020 - 11:30 pm +2
  • Guillote

    brexit means brexit
    How many queries are made until you get the result you want?

    Sep 26th, 2020 - 07:19 am -2
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