The French government completes a postponement of the second independence referendum on its territory in New Caledonia due to logistical problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The referendum, which was previously scheduled for September 6, should now take place on October 4, “to ensure the proper nature of the organization of the referendum,” as the country’s prime minister, Edouard Philippe, said in Paris on Saturday.
Philippe has confirmed that he has already sent his proposal to the authorities in New Caledonia and has indicated that the deployment of election observers would be very difficult given the restrictions in force. New Caledonia is currently requiring a three-week quarantine for travelers arriving at the site.
Therefore, things “cannot guarantee that we will collect 250 inquiries from national and international observers and be able to send them to New Caledonia within the deadlines that are compatible with the three-week quarantine that has been required so far,” says Le Figaro.