Palauan Compact of Free Association referendum, 1984

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A second referendum on the Compact of Free Association was held in Palau on 4 September 1984, after the previous referendum had failed to achieve the 75% in favour necessary. Voters were asked two questions:

  1. Whether they approved of the proposed Compact of Free Association between Palau and the United States
  2. What their preference for a future political status was if the Free Association (question one) was rejected. They were offered the choice of a closer relationship than Trusteeship, or independence.[1]

The first question was approved by 67.1% of voters, making the outcome of the second question (in which 3,378 blank ballots had been cast, more than either of the choices given) irrelevant. Voter turnout was 71.3%.


Question 1[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 4,290 67.1
Against 2,103 32.9
Invalid/blank votes 65 -
Total 6,458 100
Source: Nohlen et al.

Question 2[edit]

Choice Votes %
Closer relationship 2,127 69.4
Independence 936 30.6
Invalid/blank votes 3,395 -
Total 6,458 100
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