2003 Romanian constitutional referendum

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A constitutional referendum was held in Romania on 18 and 19 October 2003.[1] The proposed amendments to the constitution were approved by 91.1% of voters.[2]

The 2003 referendum was the first revision of the Romanian constitution since its inception December 8, 1991.[3] The referendum included a variety of major changes to the constitution, namely in Articles 1,2,5,9,11,15,16,20, and 21. Additionally, rules that heavily influenced criminal proceedings and how long the courts could hold an individual in preventive custody. 2003's constitutional addition also guarantees that "A person’s freedom to develop his/her spirituality and to get access to the values of national and universal culture shall not be limited."


Romanian constitutional referendum, 2003
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 8,915,022 91.1
No 875,172 8.9
Valid votes 9,790,194 98.5
Invalid or blank votes 148,247 1.5
Total votes 9,938,441 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 17,842,103 55.7
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
91.1% 8.9%
Yes No


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1592 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1598
  3. ^ http://www.cdep.ro/pdfs/reviz_constitutie_en.pdf