1994 Sint Maarten status referendum

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A status referendum was held on the island of Sint Maarten in October 1994. The referendum was the result of a discussion about the future of the Netherlands Antilles, following the secession of Aruba in 1986. While most politicians, including the government of the Netherlands Antilles and the island government campaigned in favour of secession of Sint Maarten to make it form a country of its own within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the option of retaining and restructuring the Netherlands Antilles came out in favour. This resulted in the rise of the Party for the Restructured Antilles.[1]


Sint Maarten status referendum, October 1994
Option Votes Percentage
Option A: Sint Maarten remaining part of the Netherlands Antilles 4,697 59.6%
Option B: Sint Maarten becoming a self governing country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands 2,606 33.1%
Option C: Sint Maarten integrating into the Netherlands 72 0.9%
Option D: Sint Maarten becoming an independent country 493 6.2%
Valid votes 7,868 99.8%
Invalid or blank votes ? 0.2%
Source: countrysintmaarten.org[dead link]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Oostindie 1998: 171-172, 339


  • Oostindie, G. (1998) Het paradijs overzee: De 'Nederlandse' Caraïben en Nederland. Amsterdam: Bert Bakker.