Iranian Islamic Republic referendum, March 1979

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Iranian Islamic Republic referendum, March 1979
Votes  %
Yes check.svg Yes 20,147,855 99.31%
X mark.svg No 140,996 0.69%
Valid votes 20,288,851 99.26%
Invalid or blank votes 151,257 0.74%
Total votes 20,440,108 100.00%
Registered voters/turnout 98%
Source: Nohlen et al.
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A referendum on creating an Islamic Republic was held in Iran on 30 and 31 March 1979.[1] The referendum asked "Islamic Republic: Yes or no?".[2] Although some groups objected to the wording and choice and boycotted the referendum,[3] it was approved by 99% of voters.

Following this victory, the 1906 constitution was declared invalid and a new constitution for an Islamic state was created and ratified by a referendum in December 1979. The new constitution consisted primarily of the ideas Khomeini presented in his work Islamic Government: Governance of the Jurist.


Choice Votes %
For 20,147,855 99.3
Against 140,996 0.7
Invalid/blank votes 151,257 0.74
Total 20,440,108 100
Source: Nohlen et al.

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Ballot paper for 1979 referendum[edit]

References & notes[edit]

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume I, p72 ISBN 0-19-924958-X
  2. ^ Duality by Design: The Iranian Electoral System By Yasmin Alem
  3. ^ Women and the Political Process in Twentieth-Century Iran By Parvin Paidar, p.226