2008 Ecuadorian constitutional referendum

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A constitutional referendum was held in Ecuador on 28 September 2008 to ratify or reject the constitution drafted by the Ecuadorian Constituent Assembly elected in 2007.[1] The new constitution was approved by 69% of voters.

Following its approval, early elections were held in April 2009.[2]


President Rafael Correa had initially stated he would resign if the constitution were rejected, but later stated he would finish his term. A poll from May 2008 saw 41% to 31% in favour of the constitution draft.[3] Provisions include the right to healthcare, food, social security, and education as well as an emphasis on Latin American integration. The more controversial proposals include allowing a second four-year term for the president and legalising civil unions.[4]


The EU sent an election observation team.[5]


Choice Votes %
For 4,722,073 69.46
Against 2,075,764 30.54
Invalid/blank votes 588,755
Total 7,386,592 100
Registered voters/turnout 9,754,883 75.81
Source: Direct Democracy