The Falkland Islands is home to 2563 people (2012 census), a community who through nine generations have lived their lives and worked in these beautiful Islands. Our community has been formed through voluntary immigration and settlement over the course of nearly two hundred years. We are a diverse society, with people from around the world having made these Islands their home.
The Falkland Islands are one of 14 Overseas Territories (OTs) of the United Kingdom (UK). Each of these OTs has its own constitution, its own government and its own local laws. The relationship between the UK and the Falklands is based on the principles of self-determination and, to the maximum extent possible, self-governance, whilst recognising mutual responsibility and a pledge of UK support when needed.
As a modern, self-governing Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom, we determine our own future. We are not a colony of the United Kingdom; we are a British Overseas Territory by choice, which is something entirely different. We are not governed by Britain: we are entirely self-governing, except for matters such as defence and foreign affairs. We democratically elect our Legislative Assembly Members; they are chosen by the people of the Falkland Islands to represent them and to make our own policies and legislation.
The UN Charter enshrines the right of all people to determine their own future, a principle known as self-determination. In exercising this right, on Tuesday 12th June 2012 the Falkland Islands Government announced its intention to hold a referendum, in order to enable Falkland Islanders to express their view on the political status of the Falkland Islands. The result will demonstrate in a clear, democratic and incontestable way how our people wish to live their lives.
The question is as follows:
Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom?
YES or NO
The Referendum will be held over two days in order to ensure maximum opportunity for people to vote. The dates have been set as Sunday the 10th and Monday 11th March, 2013.
In a free and fair referendum such as this, everyone is free to vote according to their own beliefs – that is their democratic right. Freedom of expression and association are rights enshrined in the Falkland Islands Constitution. This referendum is being held with respect to these rights, allowing free debate and equal opportunity for both sides of the referendum debate.
The Falkland Islanders are a peaceful, hard-working and resilient people. Our society is thriving and forward-looking. All we ask is to be left in peace to choose our own future, and responsibly develop our home for our children and generations to come. We hope that the international community will respect and accept the results of our Referendum, as the people of the Falkland Islands declare publicly their chosen political direction.
Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands
There will be four stamps with values 3p, 40p, 75p and £1.76p which cover a wide range of postal rates. Each stamp which is printed in a different colour shows an image of a hand (two stamps feature male and two female hands) inserting a vote into a ballot box which carries a design showing the islands.
The accompanying souvenir sheet with value £3 consists of the same design but also shows the actual question in the border together with the statement ‘A people's right of self-determination is a fundamental modern democratic right’.
Designer Andrew Robinson
Printer Cartor Security Printing
Stamp Size 30.6 x 38mm
Perforation 13 x 13 ¼ per 2cms
S/S Size 80 x 80mm
S/S Stamp 45 x 56mm
S/S Perforation 13 ¼ x 13 ½ per 2cms
Sheet Layout 50 (2 x 25)
Release date 15 February, 2013
Production Co-ordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd