1981 Central African constitutional referendum

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A constitutional referendum was held in the Central African Republic on 1 February 1981, following the overthrow of Jean-Bédel Bokassa in 1979. The new constitution would make the country a presidential republic with a unicameral National Assembly, as well as restoring multi-party democracy for the first time since 1962.[1] It was approved by 98.55% of voters with a 92.53% turnout.[2]

Following the referendum, presidential elections were held in March. However, a military coup occurred before parliamentary elections could take place.


Choice Votes %
For 837,410 98.55
Against 12,360 1.45
Invalid/blank votes 9,463
Total 859,447 100
Registered voters/turnout 928,800 92.53
Source: African Elections Database