Togolese presidential referendum, 1972

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A referendum on coup leader Gnassingbé Eyadéma remaining president was held in Togo on 9 January 1972. Eyadéma had overthrown the government in 1967 and installed himself as president on 14 April.

Voters were asked the question "Do you want General Eyadéma to continue the functions of president of the republic entrusted to him by the army and the people?" The result was reported to be 99.9% of voters in favour with a 97.8% turnout.[1]


Choice Votes %
For 867,941 99.9
Against 878 0.1
Invalid/blank votes 170
Total 868,989 100
Registered voters/turnout 880,890 98.6
Source: Sternberger et al.[2]


  1. ^ Elections in Togo African Elections Database
  2. ^ Dolf Sternberger, Bernhard Vogel, Dieter Nohlen & Klaus Landfried (1978) Die Wahl der Parlamente: Band II: Afrika, Zweiter Halbband, p2205