No vote strong in early Lisbon tallies
Friday, 13 June 2008 10:52
Early tallies in the Lisbon Referendum count from constituencies around the country suggest the Treaty may be in some difficulty.
The No vote is strong in many rural areas and in working class districts of cities, while middle class areas appear to be less supportive of the Treaty than had been anticipated.
However, these are only tallies, and it is very early in the count to be too definitive about the outcome. Firmer indications are due late this morning.
While it is far too early to be definitive, the Yes side are not too happy with the early indications.
Turnout is estimated to have been in the mid-40s percentage range. After years of negotiation and months of debate, the fate of the Lisbon Treaty will be known within hours.
The final official result is expected to be announced late this afternoon, but tallies from the 43 constituencies should give a good indication of the likely outcome late this morning.
Each constituency counts its own votes separately, and then sends the result to the Referendum Returning Officer in Dublin Castle, who will announce the overall result.
Turnout is thought to have been higher than in the first Nice Referendum, which was defeated, but lower than in the second, which was passed.
However, with recent opinion polls suggesting that supporters of the treaty were more likely to vote, a lower turnout is not necessarily good news for the No side.
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So far all seems to be moving in the right direction.