May 10, 2008 Held


Union of Myanmar



Voter Participation

Cast Votes:26,776,675
Valid Votes:26,395,836
Invalid Votes:380,839

Referendum Vote Share




Election Results Modified: Aug 17, 2023

General Information

At stake in this Referendum:

  • Referendum on whether to adopt a new draft constitution

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council Sr. Gen. THAN SHWE
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Lt. Gen. THEIN SEIN
  • Assembly: Myanmar has a unicameral People's Assembly (Pyithu Hluttaw) with 485 seats. ***

*** The People's Assembly has not been permitted to convene since elections were held in 1990.

Main provisions in the Referendum:

  • The referendum will ask voters to vote for or against a new national constitution to replace the suspended 1974 constitution.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 50,030,006 (2008)
  • Registered Voters: 27,288,827 (May 2008)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 26,115,275 (2008)

·         Is Myanmar a signatory to CEDAW: No

·         Has Myanmar ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (22 July 1997)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: N/A

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: N/A

·         Human Development Index Position: 148 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: High (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Myanmar a signatory to CRPD: No

·         Has Myanmar ratified CRPD: Yes, accession (7 December 2011)

·         Population with a disability: 7,504,500 (est.)

Election Modified: Aug 17, 2023

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