1996 Uruguayan constitutional referendum

A constitutional referendum was held in Uruguay on 8 December 1996.[1] The proposals, which included limiting each party to a single presidential candidate, were narrowly approved by voters.


The proposals were approved by both houses of the General Assembly on 15 October 1996. They included:[1]

  • separating national and local elections
  • limiting each party to one presidential candidate (abolishing sublemas)
  • introducing a second round run-off for presidential elections
  • providing for primary elections in parties
  • decentralising local government


Choice Votes %
For 1,015,828 52.20
Against 930,288 47.80
Invalid/blank votes 67,335
Total 2,013,451 100
Registered voters/turnout 2,343,920 86.17
Source: Direct Democracy


  1. ^ a b Uruguay, 8 December 1996: Constitutional reform Direct Democracy (in German)