ElectionGudie

April 29, 2003 Held

71,665
Voted
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State of Qatar

Referendum

Results

84%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:71,665
Valid Votes:71,132
Invalid Votes:533

Provisions

One of the clauses in the draft constitution specifies the formation of a 45 member Advisory Council, with 30 of its members subject to direct popular vote. Members will have a four-year term and have the power to legislate laws and budgets. Other clauses provide for freedom of association, expression and religious practice, and to allow women to vote and hold office.

No1,145

1.61

Yes69,987

98.39

More Info:

At stake in this Referendum:

  • The referendum will ask voters to approve Qatar's first ever written constitution.

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Amir HAMAD bin Khalifa al-Thani
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister ABDALLAH bin Khalifa al-Thani **
  • Assembly: Qatar has a unicameral Advisory Council (Majlis al-Shura) with 35 seats.

** Prime Minister ABDULLAH is the brother of the monarch.

Main provisions in the Referendum:

  • Referendum on approving Qatar's first written constitution -One of the clauses in the draft constitution specifies the formation of a 45 member Advisory Council, with 30 of its members subject to direct popular vote. Members will have a four-year term and have the power to legislate laws and budgets.
    -Other clauses provide for freedom of association, expression and religious practice, and to allow women to vote and hold office.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 793,341 (July 2002 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 85,000 ( 2003 approx.)