Ecuadorian Constituent Assembly referendum, 2007

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A referendum on establishing a Constituent Assembly to write the new constitution was held in Ecuador on 15 April 2007.[1] After its approval by 87% of voters, a Constituent Assembly Election was held on 30 September 2007 with Correa's PAIS Alliance taking the majority of seats. The assembly was to sit for a maximum of 180 days with a possible 60-day-extension.

Background[edit]

The referendum was called by President Rafael Correa on 15 January 2007,[2] and was originally planned to be held on 18 March 2007. On 23 January 2007, the Electoral Court decided to send the referendum call to Congress for consideration, which later approved it in a vote that was boycotted by a large number of parliamentarians.[1] A poll taken in January showed 70% of voters to be in favour of the proposal.

Results[edit]

Do you approve the convocation and installation of a plenipotentiary Constituent Assembly in accordance with the electoral statute attached hereto in order to transform the institutional framework of the state and to draw up a new constitution?[3]

Choice Votes %
For 5,354,595 86.79
Against 814,323 13.21
Invalid/blank votes 383,571
Total 6,552,489 100
Registered voters/turnout 9,188,787 71.30
Source: Direct Democracy

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ecuador referendum on April 15 Gulfnews, 15 February 2007
  2. ^ Ecuadorian president Correa calls March national referendum Mercopress, 15 January 2007
  3. ^ Claves: consulta en Ecuador BBC News, 12 April 2007