Tag Archive | Referendum

On this day June 1, 2005

In their first national referendum in over two hundred years, Dutch voters rejected the ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union.

The referendum was a consultative referendum that was held on 1 June 2005 to decide if the Netherlands would ratify the proposed Constitution of the European Union.

According to a poll [1] by Maurice de Hond, 30 % of the Constitution’s opponents used the referendum as an opportunity to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the government, instead of confining their deliberations to the contents of the treaty that was put before them.

At the time of the referendum, the Netherlands’ centre-right coalition government, led by Jan Peter Balkenende, was suffering a period of unpopularity as it tried to push through cuts in public spending, and there was widespread disillusion with the country’s political elite. Read More…


On this day February 20, 2005

Spanish voters passed a referendum on the ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, despite the lowest turnout in any election since the transition to democracy in the 1970s.

The result was a landslide victory for the “Yes” campaign, with 77% of voters in favour. Turnout, however, was only 42% of the electorate—by far the lowest in any election since the restoration of democracy in the 1970s. Read More…

British Columbia referendum campaigns underway

The provincial election was called today in British Columbia. Alongside with the election, the citizens of the province will also be debating if they should change their electoral system from Single Member Plurality to Single Transferable Vote (STV). The vote for both the election and the referendum is to be held on May 12th.

According to the Angus Reid Strategies online poll, the issues before the candidates this year are the economy, crime and public safety, and health care. Read More…

Chávez wins key reform

A constitutional referendum allows Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez to stand for re-election indefinitely.

The referendum sought to amend articles 160, 162, 174, 192 and 230 of the 1999 Constitution. The proposed amendment was endorsed by 54% of the electorate in a vote in which around 67% of registered voters participated. Read More…

Bolivia opposition agree on referendum

President of Bolivia Evo Morales enacts a new constitution which grants more power to the country’s indigenous majority and allows for land reform.

Evo Morales

Evo Morales

As Bolivia’s first indigenous President, Evo Morales enacted the new constitution on 7 February 2009, saying that he had accomplished his mission to “re-found” Bolivia.

He spoke in front of thousands of his supporters in the town of El Alto, located near La Paz, claiming that his opponents had “tried ceaselessly” to have him killed. He also said: “Now I want to tell you that they can drag me from the palace.

They can kill me. Mission accomplished for the re-founding of the new united Bolivia”. One key reform allows Morales to stand for re-election in December 2009. Read More…

Bolivia’s Evo Morales wins referendum

The Bolivian President, Evo Morales, 49, has claimed victory after voters ratified a new leftist constitution, granting more power to the country’s indigenous majority.

Evo Morales

Evo Morales

“The indigenous farmers, the most marginalized sector throughout the history of the republic, are now recognized as people with the same rights as any citizen.

Here begins the new Bolivia. Here we begin to reach true equality,” Morales told a crowd in front of the flag-draped balcony of Palacio Quemado in La Paz, the administrative capital of Bolivia. Read More…

On this day September 25, 1972

A referendum on whether Norway should join the European Community was held on 25 September 1972, after a long period of heated debate.

The “No” side won with 53.5 per cent of the vote. Prime Minister Trygve Bratteli resigned as a result of the defeat. This was Norway’s second attempt at becoming member, after having been rejected by France in 1962 and again temporarily in 1967, but the first attempt with a referendum on a set of fully negotiated accession terms.

A 1994 refendum on entry into what had become the European Union also resulted in the rejection of membership.