1988 French Matignon Accords referendum

A referendum on the Matignon Accords on New Caledonia was held in France on 6 November 1988.[1] The accords were approved by 80% of voters, although turnout was just 36.9%.[2] In New Caledonia it was approved by 57% of voters.[3]

1988 French Matignon Accords referendum

6 November 1988

Do you agree to allow New Caledonian residents to vote for self-determination in 1998?
Results
Choice
Votes %
Yes 9,896,498 80.00%
No 2,474,548 20.00%
Valid votes 12,371,046 88.18%
Invalid or blank votes 1,657,659 11.82%
Total votes 14,028,705 100.00%
Registered voters/turnout 38,025,823 36.89%

The text of the referendum was the following:[4]

"Acceptez-vous de permettre aux habitants de la Nouvelle-Calédonie de voter pour l'autodétermination en 1998?"

"Do you agree to allow New Caledonian residents to vote for self-determination in 1998?"

ResultsEdit

Choice Metropolitan France New Caledonia Total
Votes % Votes % Votes %
For 9,714,689 80.0 29,286 57.0 9,896,498 80.0
Against 2,428,089 20.0 22,066 43.0 2,474,548 20.0
Invalid/blank votes 1,638,803 4,584 1,657,659
Total 13,781,581 100 55,936 100 14,028,705 100
Registered voters/turnout 36,897,052 37.4 88,262 63.37 38,025,823 36.9
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, Constitutional Council, Direct Democracy

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p674 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Décision Résultats référendum 1988 du 09 novembre 1988 Archived 2012-02-21 at the Wayback Machine Constitutional Council
  3. ^ France, 6 November 1988: New Caledonian Statute Direct Democracy (in German)
  4. ^ Décret du 5 octobre 1988 décidant de soumettre un projet de loi au référendum