Austrian conscription referendum, 2013

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A non-binding referendum on ending conscription was held in Austria on 20 January 2013. The proposal was supported by the Social Democratic Party but opposed by the Austrian People's Party.[1] Though constitutionally not obliged to act on, both parties in government have stated, that they will honour the results.[2]

The motion to end conscription and introduce a professional army was rejected.


Referendum on the abolishment of conscription
Choice Votes  %
Referendum failed No 1,947,116 59.7
Yes 1,315,278 40.3
Valid votes 3,262,394 97.5
Invalid or blank votes 82,546 2.5
Total votes 3,344,940 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 6,378,478 52.4
Source: Austrian Ministry of the Interior
Anti-professional army protesters outside the Austrian Parliament Building on 11 December 2012.