Chilean constitutional referendum, 1989

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A constitutional referendum was held in Chile on 30 June 1989.[1] The proposed changes to the constitution were approved by 91% of voters.[2]


If approved, 54 constitutional reforms were to be implemented, among which the reform of the way that the Constitution itself could be reformed, the restriction of state of emergency dispositions, the affirmation of political pluralism, the strengthening of constitutional rights as well as of the democratic principle and participation to the political life.


Choice Votes %
For 6,069,440 91.25
Against 581,615 8.74
Invalid/blank votes 431,024
Total 7,082,079 100
Registered voters/turnout 7,556,613 93.73
Source: Chilean Electoral Service.


Following the approval of the constitutional amendments, general elections were held in December.[1] Patricio Aylwin was elected President with 55% of the vote,[3] whilst the Concert of Parties for Democracy won a majority of elected seats in both chambers of the National Congress.

Pinochet left office on 11 March 1990, transferring power to the new democratically elected president.


  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume II, p262 ISBN 978-0-19-928358-3
  2. ^ Nohlen, p268
  3. ^ Nohlen, p288