New Caledonia rejects independence from France in referendum

New Caledonia has voted against independence from France in the second of three possible independence referendums. On the 4th of October, more than 53% of voters chose to remain in the French Republic. The first referendum was held in November 2018 and saw 56% of voters rejecting independence.

New Caledonians turned out to vote in high numbers, with 85% of eligible voters casting a ballot, all the while respecting constraints imposed by the current health crisis.

In Melbourne, this high participation rate was visible through the three days that were necessary to collect the proxies; a diplomat came from the consulate general of France in Sydney for that specific purpose!

A third referendum may take place by 2022, if requested by a third of the Congress of New Caledonia.