Andorran political reform referendum, 1977

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A referendum on political reforms was held in Andorra on 28 October 1977.[1] Voters were presented with six options, but none received a majority and over 30% of votes cast were left blank. A second referendum on political reform was held the following year.

Background[edit]

In February 1977, the General Council and the Co-Princes agreed to political reforms, putting forward six options to voters:[1]

Proposal Proposed by Details
1 General Council
  • Prime Minister elected by the General Council
  • Prime Minister appoints Deputy Prime Minister and four Ministers
  • Motions of no confidence possible
2 General Council
  • Prime Minister directly elected
  • Prime Minister appoints Deputy Prime Minister and four Ministers
  • Motions of no confidence results in fresh elections
  • Each parish to have 8 seats in the General Council
3 General Council
  • 16 Council members elected nationally and two by each parish
  • Bicameral Council elects six-member government
  • Motions of no confidence results in fresh elections
4 Comú de la Massana
  • Increase number of parishes from six to seven
  • Each parish to have 4 seats in the Council
  • Parishes guaranteed seats in government
  • Motions of no confidence results in fresh elections
5 Quart de Les Escaldes
  • Increase number of parishes from six to seven
  • Each parish to have 4 seats in the Council
  • Prime Minister directly elected
  • Parishes not guaranteed seats in government
  • Motions of no confidence results in fresh elections
6 Democratic Agrupament d'Andorra
  • General Council elected by proportional representation with regional lists
  • Prime Minister directly elected
  • Prime Minister appoints Deputy Prime Minister and four Ministers
  • Parishes not guaranteed seats in government

Results[edit]

Choice Votes %
Proposal 1
Proposal 2
Proposal 3
Proposal 4 171 8.84
Proposal 5 393 20.32
Proposal 6 668 34.54
Blank votes 597 30.87
Invalid votes 26
Total 1,934 100
Registered voters/turnout 3,206 60.32
Source: Direct Democracy

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andorra, 28 October 1977: Political reforms Direct Democracy (German)