Ivorians vote to change Constitution
On a turnout of 42.42% a total of 2,480,287 (93.42%) Ivorians have voted to change the country’s constitution. Just 174,714 (6.58%) voted against with 23,600 abstentions.
The new constitution makes a number of material changes to the way the country will be governed in the future. It has removed the clause where a presidential candidate has to have both parents as natural born Ivorians. It also removes the 75 year old limit on presidential candidates but doesn’t change the two term rule. In addition there will now be a Vice-President and a Senate where one third of the Senators will be appointed by the president. There will also be a National House of Traditional Chiefs and Kings.
The referendum was held on 30th October 2016.