Polish constitutional referendum, 1997

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A constitutional referendum was held in Poland on 25 May 1997.[1] Voters were asked whether they approved of a new constitution. It was narrowly approved, with 53.5% voting in favour (22,58% of Voters with right to vote, voting for "yes").[2] Voter turnout was just 42.9%.[2] Although the 1995 Referendum Act stated that a 50% turnout was required to validate the referendum, the Supreme Court ruled on 15 July that the constitution could be introduced.


Do you approve the Constitution of the Republic of Poland, passed by the National Assembly on April 2, 1997?


Choice Votes %
For 6,396,641 53.5
Against 5,570,493 46.5
Invalid/blank votes 170,002
Total 12,137,136 100
Registered voters/turnout 28,319,650 42.9
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1491 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1499