Tuvaluan constitutional referendum, 2008

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A constitutional referendum was held in Tuvalu on 30 April 2008.[1] The referendum sought to abolish the monarchy of Tuvalu and establish the country as a republic. Had the referendum passed, the new president would be indirectly elected by the Parliament of Tuvalu.

The referendum failed, with 679 votes in favour of establishing a republic and 1,260 votes to retain the monarchy.[2] As a consequence, Tuvalu remained a monarchy, and Elizabeth II remained Head of State. Turnout for the referendum was low. Only 1,939 voters cast valid ballots, out of the approximately 9,000 voting-aged Tuvalans. In comparison, 8,501 votes were cast in the 2006 parliamentary election.[1]

Results[edit]

Choice Votes %
Monarchy 1,260 64.98
Republic 679 35.02
Invalid/blank votes -
Total 1,939 100
Registered voters/turnout c. 9,000 c. 21.5
Source: Radio Australia

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tuvaluans vote against republic", Tuvalu News, April 30, 2008
  2. ^ "Tuvalu votes to maintain monarchy", Radio Australia, 17 June 2008