The Malta referendum shows a majority in favour of the independence constitution presented by Dr. Borg Olivier's Nationalist Government.
The results were: In favour, 67,714; Against, 54,919; Abstentions, 33,000. There were more than 9,000 spoilt papers.
This means that, although the constitution secured a majority of 12,000 among those who voted effectively, it was backed by less than half the electorate.
It remains to be seen whether Mr. Duncan Sandys will regard this as a conclusive result. In any case, he may yet have to decide whether he wants any of Mr. Mintoff's Labour Party Amendments inserted in the Constitution.
See Major Patrick Wall's letter: Page S.
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