Oct. 27, 2019 Confirmed


General Information

At Stake in this Election:       

  • Four amendments to the Constitution[1].

Government Structure:

  • Chief of State: President Tabaré VÁZQUEZ (since March 1, 2015)
  • Head of Government: President Tabaré VÁZQUEZ (since March 1, 2015)*
  • Assembly: Uruguay has a bicameral General Assembly (Asamblea General) consisting of the Chamber of Senators (Cámara de Senadores) with 30 seats and the Chamber of Representatives (Cámara de Representantes) with 99 seats[2].

*The president is both the chief of state and head of government.

Main Provisions in the Referendum[3]:

  • This reform promotes that the law regulates:
    1. The night raid by judicial order;
    2. That those who were punished for certain crimes must comply with the sentences in full;
    3. Establishes the penalty of permanent imprisonment before the commission of certain serious crimes, which may be reviewed by the Supreme Court of Justice after 30 years of imprisonment, and
    4. Creates the National Guard with powers and duties of public safety.
  • It will enter into force immediately after the Electoral Court proclaims the affirmative result of the referendum.

Population and Registered Voters:

  • Population: 3,462,000[4]
  • Registered Voters: 2,620,791 (2014 est.)[5]

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 1,790,000[6]
  • Is Uruguay a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (30 Mar 1981)[7]
  • Has Uruguay ratified CEDAW: Yes (9 Oct 1981)[8]
  • Gender Quota: Yes[9]
  • Female Candidates in this election:
  • Number of Female Legislators: 22 (22.2%)[10]
  • Human Development Index (HDI) Position: 55[11]
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Low[12]

Disability Data:

  • Is Uruguay a signatory to CRPD: Yes (3 April 2007)[13]
  • Has Uruguay ratified CRPD: Yes (11 February 2009)[14]
  • Population with a disability: 501,284 (2019 est.)[15]



[6] Ibid.

[8] Ibid.

[14] Ibid.

Election Modified: Aug 17, 2023

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