2005 Curaçao status referendum

A status referendum was held on the island of Curaçao on 8 April 2005.[1] The option of becoming an autonomous area within the Kingdom of the Netherlands was approved by 68% of voters.[2]

BackgroundEdit

After the 1993 referendum failed to show support for a separate status for Curaçao, the government of the Netherlands Antilles tried to restructure the Netherlands Antilles and attempted to forge closer ties between the islands, as is exemplified by the adoption of an anthem of the Netherlands Antilles in 2000. A new referendum on Sint Maarten, which was in favour of a separate status for Sint Maarten as a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, sparked a new series of referendums across the Netherlands Antilles, however. Curaçao was the last island to vote.

ResultsEdit

ChoiceVotes%
Autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands42,42567.83
Integration into the Netherlands14,76923.61
Independence3,0144.82
Remain part of the Netherlands Antilles2,3423.74
Total62,550100.00
Valid votes62,55099.25
Invalid/blank votes4740.75
Total votes63,024100.00
Registered voters/turnout114,50055.04
Source: Direct Democracy

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ van den Berg, Stephanie (2005-04-11). "Curacao votes for more autonomy". Caribbean Net News. Archived from the original on 2007-02-25. Retrieved 2007-02-02.
  2. ^ Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles), 8 April 2005: Status Direct Democracy (in German)