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SPAIN will hold a referendum on the European Constitution within a year, and there is every possibility that non-Spanish European Union residents in Majorca will be able to vote in it.

Kate Mentink, Calvia town councillor for tourism, told the Bulletin that it was early days yet, but everything would seem to indicate that the voting list for the referendum will be based on the municipal census.

This was the basis for the electoral roll which allowed non-Spanish European Union citizens vote in last month's European elections.
Yesterday Spain's deputy Prime Minister, Maria Teresa Fernández de la Vega, said that the referendum would be held “within a year.” She pointed out that Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero had expressed his intention to have the referendum held “as early as possible” when he announced it last week.

She added that the government wants Spain to be among the first countries to ratify the European Constitution and is studying the date with the political parties represented in Parliament.

The turn-out for the European elections was exceptionally low in the Balearics and many foreigners did not exercise their right to vote.

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