1970 Upper Voltan constitutional referendum

A constitutional referendum was held in the Republic of Upper Volta on 14 June 1970. It followed a military coup in 1966, and would restore multi-party democracy. However, the new constitution made the country a presidential republic, with the President able to dissolve the National Assembly and rule by decree. It also allowed coup leader Sangoulé Lamizana to remain President for a further four years.[1] It was approved by 98.56% of voters with a 77.3% turnout.


Choice Votes %
For 1,757,004 98.56
Against 25,757 1.44
Invalid/blank votes 34,580
Total 1,817,341 100
Registered voters/turnout 2,351,258 77.3
Source: Sternberger et al.[2]


  1. ^ Elections in Burkina Faso African Elections Database
  2. ^ Sternberger, D, Vogel, B, Nohlen, D & Landfried, K (1978) Die Wahl der Parlamente: Band II: Afrika, Zweite Halbband, p1586