15 Apr 2016

New Caledonia referendum roll to be finalised

1:55 pm on 15 April 2016

People in New Caledonia wishing to vote in the independence referendum have until tonight to enroll.

Under the Noumea Accord, people who have not been born in New Caledonia have to prove that they were residents since before the end of 1994.

Those seeking enrolment have to present supporting documentation to the town administration where they are registered.

The referendum question is yet to be formulated and a date is yet to be set, but France has said the vote will be held no later than 2018.

A separate roll for those wanting to vote in provincial elections is also being finalised, ending protracted challenges to its integrity.

Noumea, New Caledonia

Noumea, New Caledonia Photo: AFP