Malagasy constitutional referendum, 2007

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A constitutional referendum was held in Madagascar on 4 April 2007.[1] The proposed changes, which voters were asked to approve or reject as a whole,[2] included:

Early results, with 73.18% of the vote counted, showed that turnout was around 42.43%. The referendum appeared likely to be passed because 74.93% of the voters in Antananarivo were in favour of the amendments, even though it seemed likely that in four of the five other provinces the "no" vote might have won.[4] According to results released on 7 April, with votes from 85.47% of polling stations counted, 75.24% were in favor of the proposed changes. Roland Ratsiraka, who placed third in the 2006 presidential election and opposed the proposed changes, alleged fraud.[5]

Official results were released on 11 April, but it was necessary for the Constitutional High Court to validate the results in order for them to be final,[6] and this happened on 27 April.[7]

The Judged By Your Work Party (AVI) chose to boycott the referendum, saying that it was deceitful for the referendum to describe a "yes" vote as being a vote for national development.[8]


Malagasy constitutional referendum, 2007[1]
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 2,378,650 75.33
No 779,092 24.67
Valid votes 3,157,742 97.94
Invalid or blank votes 66,346 2.06
Total votes 3,224,088 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 7,381,091 43.68


  1. ^ a b "Arrêt n°01-HCC/AR du 27 avril 2007 portant proclamation des résultats officiels du référendum du 4 avril 2007 relatif à la révision de la Constitution.", HCC website (French).
  2. ^ "EISA". EISA. 2016-09-25. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Référendum à Madagascar: le oui mène largement (deux-tiers des bureaux)", AFP (, April 6, 2007 (French).
  4. ^ "Initial result shows "Yes" to revision of constitution in Madagascar", Xinhua (People's Daily Online), April 7, 2007.
  5. ^ "Les Malgaches disent "oui" au renforcement des pouvoirs du président", AFP (, April 7, 2007 (French).
  6. ^ "75,38% de oui au référendum constitutionnel", AFP (, April 11, 2007 (French).
  7. ^ "Validation du OUI au référendum",, April 27, 2007 (French).
  8. ^ Iloniaina Alain, "Référendum constitutionnel; L'Avi choisit le boycott", L'Express de Madagascar, March 23, 2007 (French).