New Caledonia votes for independence a second time

The second referendum will be different this year with COVID-19 and closer results. Image by Wikimedia Commons

New Caledonia will go to the polls this weekend to vote on an independence referendum for the second time.

But this year, because of COVID-19, the ‘Oui’ and the ‘Non’ sides are intensively campaigning for their sides. More than 6000 young New Caledonians will be able to vote this year and could not vote in the first referendum in 2018.

While there are no active cases of COVID-19 in the French territory, there are concerns of a potential outbreak in the island, and it could change the results of the referendum if residents don’t go out and vote.

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