At stake in this Referendum:
- The constitution of the Republic of Niger
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: President Major Daouda Malam WANK
- Head of Government: Prime Minister Ibrahim Assane MAYAKI
- Assembly: Niger has a unicameral National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) with 83 seats.
Main provisions in the Referendum:
- The constitution of the Republic of Niger Niger's 1996 constitution was suspended on April 11, 1999.
A committee appointed by the ruling National Reconciliation Council (CRN) was charged with drafting a new constitution.
The draft constitution presented in the referendum will be based on a semi-presidential system of government in which executive power would be shared between the president and the prime minister.
The proposed system will have a prime minister who is responsible to the parliament.
The new constitution will include an article granting amnesty of the leaders of the 1996 and 1999 coups.
A majority (50%+1) of the valid votes are required in order for the new constitution to be enacted.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 10,821,434 (1999)
- Registered Voters: 3,100,000 ( approx.)
· Female Population: 5,419,491 (1999)
· Is Niger a signatory to CEDAW: No
· Has Niger ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (8 October 1999)
· Gender Quota: Yes
· Female candidates in this election: N/A
· Number of Female Parliamentarians: 1 (following the 1999 elections)
· Human Development Index Position: 188 (2014)
· Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Very High (2014)
· Is Niger a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
· Has Niger ratified CRPD: Yes (24 June 2008)
· Population with a disability: 1,623,215 (est.)