At least 70 per cent of the Upper Volta electorate who cast votes in a national referendum on Sunday (27 November) supported a return to democratic rule.
At least 70 per cent of the Upper Volta electorate who cast votes in a national referendum on Sunday (27 November) supported a return to democratic rule. Interior Minister Yoryan Gabriel announced the figure the day after the voting.
SYNOPSIS: Upper Volta's democratic framework was partially dismantled in February 1974 when President Sangoule Lamizana announced the Army was formally taking over the country. He dissolved the National Assembly and suspended the constitution. This followed a deadlock between the Assembly and Prime Minister Gerard Ouedraogo.
President Lamizana and his wife cast their votes, although more than 600,000 in an electorate of almost two and a half million did not. The referendum was to approve or reject a new constitution, under which presidential and general elections would be held within six months.
Last month the president lifted a three-and-a-half-year-old ban on political parties. Since early in 1976, however, his government has consisted mostly of civilian members. Last May he entrusted a Constitutional Commission with the task of drawing up a new one. Under it, the president and deputies to the National Assembly will be elected for five years. As in the United States, the president will not be allowed more than two consecutive terms of office.