Upper Voltan constitutional referendum, 1959

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A constitutional referendum was held in the Republic of Upper Volta on 15 March 1959. Unlike almost all other French colonies in Africa (which were presidential republics), the new constitution would make the territory parliamentary republic with a unicameral National Assembly.[1] It was approved by 80% of voters with a 68.7% turnout.


Choice Votes %
For 1,018,936 80.03
Against 254,243 19.97
Invalid/blank votes 71,753
Total 1,344,932 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,957,732 68.7
Source: Sternberger et al.[2]


  1. ^ Elections in Burkina Faso African Elections Database
  2. ^ Sternberger, D, Vogel, B, Nohlen, D & Landfried, K (1978) Die Wahl der Parlamente: Band II: Afrika, Zweite Halbband, p1586