Palauan Compact of Free Association referendum, 1983

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A referendum on the Compact of Free Association was held in Palau on 10 February 1983. Voters were asked three questions:

  1. Whether they approved of the Compact of Free Association between Palau and the United States
  2. Whether they approved of an agreement which placed restrictions on the USA with regards to storing and using radioactive, chemical and biological materials in Palau
  3. What their preference for a future political status was if the Free Association (question one) was rejected. They were offered the choice of either "a relationship with the United States closer than Free Association" or independence.[1]

The first two propositions were both approved, nullifying the need for the results of the third. Voter turnout was 78.5%.


Question 1[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 4,452 62.1
Against 2,715 37.9
Invalid/blank votes 79 -
Total 7,246 100
Source: Nohlen et al.

Question 2[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 3,717 52.9
Against 3,309 47.1
Invalid/blank votes 220 -
Total 7,246 100
Source: Nohlen et al.

Question 3[edit]

Choice Votes %
Status closer than Free Association 2,250 55.6
Independence 1,800 44.4
Invalid/blank votes 3,196 -
Total 7,246 100
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Grotz, F & Hartmann, C (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p751 ISBN 0-19-924959-8