Iceland (October 20, 2012)

Oct. 25, 2012, midnight

A majority of Icelanders voted ‘Yes’ in a nationwide referendum held on October 20, 2012. The referendum surveyed voters on six questions surrounding an overhaul of the country’s Constitution, a process that has encouraged wide public participation.  The referendum was proposed by the main body appointed to oversee this process, the Constitutional Council.  The National Electoral Commission reports that out of 236, 903 registered voters, 115, 980 voted.

Citizens voted ‘Yes’ on several  provisions, including: whether the Constitution Council’s proposals should form the basis of a new draft Constitution; whether natural resources should be declared national property; whether an established (national) church in Iceland should have provisions in the new Constitution; whether a provision should exist to authorize the election of particular individuals to the Althingi (parliament); if a provision should exist giving equal weight to votes in all parts of the country; and lastly, whether citizens would like a new provision stating that a certain proportion of the electorate is allowed to demand that issues are put to a referendum.

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