Remember meForgot password?
    Log in with Twitter

referenda News

New Zealanders reject pot reform in reefer-endum

Wellington - New Zealanders have narrowly rejected a proposal to legalise recreational marijuana, according to official referendum results released on Friday.The "no" vote gained 50.7 percent support, compared to 48.

New Zealanders back euthanasia - early poll results

Wellington - New Zealanders have voted overwhelmingly to legalise euthanasia in what supporters said was a victory for "choice" and "dignity", preliminary referendum results released Friday showed.

New Zealanders back euthanasia, cannabis vote still hazy

Wellington - New Zealanders have voted overwhelmingly to legalise euthanasia, preliminary referendum results released Friday showed, with another vote on allowing recreational cannabis appearing set to fail.

Guinea president's party wins majority in disputed polls

Conakry - Guinean President Alpha Conde's party won more than two-thirds of the seats in legislative elections held last month that were boycotted by the main opposition, the country's electoral commission said.

Polls close in historic Bougainville independence vote

Sydney - Polls on the Pacific island chain of Bougainville closed Saturday to end two weeks of voting in a historic referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea.

Joyous scenes as Bougainville independence vote starts

Joyous voters in the Pacific island chain of Bougainville cheered and sang as they flocked to the polls Saturday at the start of a long-awaited referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea.

Excitement grips Bougainville on eve of independence vote

Flags touting independence flapped above the dusty streets of Bougainville Friday on the eve of a landmark referendum, as once rebel fighters voiced excitement they may achieve at the ballot box what they could not on the battlefield.

Bougainville independence vote could trigger race for influence

The resource-rich Pacific archipelago of Bougainville will hold a landmark referendum Saturday on independence from Papua New Guinea, a vote that could create the world's newest nation and prompt a dash for influence among regional powers.

New Zealand's euthanasia bill passes, referendum to be held

Wellington - New Zealand lawmakers voted Wednesday in favour of making euthanasia legal, paving the way for the issue to be put to voters in a referendum next year.

New Zealand parliament backs euthanasia referendum

Wellington - New Zealand lawmakers narrowly backed a plan Wednesday to hold a referendum on legalising euthanasia alongside next year's general election.The proposal to put the issue to a public vote passed 63-57 during a heated late-night debate in parliament.

Bougainville set to hold long-awaited independence referendum

Port Moresby - The war-ravaged Pacific island of Bougainville will hold a referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea later this year, authorities said Friday, a vote that caps a decades-long peace process and is tipped to create the world's newest nation.

Swiss vote to tighten gun laws, safeguard EU relations

Geneva - The Swiss voted Sunday to toughen their gun laws and bring them in line with EU legislation, heeding warnings that rejecting the change could have threatened relations with the bloc.

Swiss vote to tighten gun laws, safeguard EU relations: early results

Geneva - The Swiss voted Sunday to toughen their gun laws and bring them in line with EU legislation, heeding warnings that rejecting the move could have threatened relations with the bloc, early results showed.

Swiss to vote on tightening gun laws, with EU relations in the balance

Geneva - The Swiss will vote Sunday on whether to bring the country's gun laws in line with EU legislation, with the government warning a 'no' could threaten relations with the bloc.

Independence vote delayed for Papua New Guinea's Bougainville

Port Moresby - A referendum that could lead to statehood for the troubled south Pacific Island of Bougainville has been delayed until the end of the year, top officials meeting in Port Moresby agreed Friday.

Japan's Okinawa 'votes against' controversial US base move: exit polls

Nago - Voters on the Japanese island of Okinawa have rejected the relocation of a controversial US military base, according to exit polls from a non-binding referendum cited by local media Sunday.

Japan's Okinawa to vote on controversial US base move

Okinawa - Residents of Japan's Okinawa go to the polls Sunday in a closely watched referendum on the controversial relocation of a US military base to a remote part of the island.

New Zealand to hold 'referendum' on legal pot

Wellington - New Zealand will hold a referendum on legalising recreational marijuana when the South Pacific nation votes in its next general election in 2020, the government announced Tuesday.

Caribbean islands vote to retain London-based appeal court

Saint John's - A centuries-old London body will continue to have the final say on the administration of justice in two Caribbean ex-colonies after referendums to replace it with a regional court failed to reach the requisite majorities.

Caribbean islanders to vote on whether to retain London-based court

Saint John's - Voters in two Caribbean countries long independent from Britain will wrestle with thorny issues of fairness and sovereignty on Tuesday as they go to the polls to decide whether to keep a London-based body as their final court of appeals or embrace a co...

Regional 'burqa ban' up for vote in Switzerland

Geneva - A second Swiss canton will vote Sunday on whether to introduce a regional "burqa ban", a controversial law that would prohibit all face-covering garments in public spaces.The ballot in northeastern St.

Romania sets October date for anti-gay marriage referendum

Bucharest - The Romanian government announced Tuesday that its planned referendum to change the constitutional definition of "family", so as to prevent same-sex couples from marrying, will be held in October and spread over two days to maximise turnout.

Mattis to visit Macedonia amid concerns of Russia meddling

Washington - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced plans Tuesday to visit Macedonia, ahead of a referendum that could end a years-long spat with Greece over the country's name and pave the way for it to join NATO.

Clinging to power in Africa via constitutional reforms

Moroni - Monday's controversial referendum in the Comoros could allow its president, Azali Assoumani, to seek re-election and retain power beyond 2021, when his currently non-renewable term would otherwise end.

The Comoros at a glance

Moroni - One of the world's poorest countries, the Indian Ocean island nation of the Comoros has endured years of political turmoil, including a spate of coups.

Campaign for new Brexit vote gets boost from ex-minister Greening

London - After two years of government squabbling and parliamentary rifts on Brexit, support is growing for the idea that only another referendum can resolve Britain's future outside the European Union.

US denounces 'climate of fear' that marred Burundi referendum

Washington - The United States on Monday denounced the "climate of fear and intimidation" and "lack of transparency" it said marred a vote on constitutional reform in Burundi and questioned the results.

Armed group kills 26 ahead of Burundi referendum

Nairobi - An armed group has killed 26 people in northwest Burundi, the security minister said Saturday, days ahead of a constitutional referendum that could see President Pierre Nkurunziza rule until 2034.

Google to halt all ads on Irish abortion referendum

London - Google said on Wednesday it will pause all adverts related to the Irish referendum on abortion to be held later this month -- the day after Facebook announced a similar move.

Facebook bans foreign ads targeting Irish abortion referendum

Dublin - Facebook said on Tuesday it will block foreign adverts aimed at Ireland's referendum on abortion later this month.
  1 2 3 4 Next»

Set up a news alert for


referenda Image

Latest News
Top News