01 August 2018

Independence vote rolls released in New Caledonia

Town halls across New Caledonia have published the provisional rolls for the November referendum on independence from France.
New Caledonia referendum poster
Photo: RNZ/ Adrienne Baron

Until 9 August, it is still possible to ask to be registered or to demand that names be struck off.
The rolls are restricted to long-term residents and include more than 173,000 names compared to the general roll which lists more than 210,000 voters.
The final rolls for the plebiscite will be released on the last day of August.
The rolls have been vetted by commissions appointed by the French state after a prolonged period of concern over their make-up.
The pro-independence movement had accused the authorities of allowing thousands of people to be enrolled despite them failing to meet the residency requirements.