2003 Romanian constitutional referendum

A constitutional referendum was held in Romania on 18 and 19 October 2003.[1] The proposed amendments to the constitution were approved by 91.1% of voters.[1]

Map of "Yes" percentage vote by county, plus Bucharest sectors and the diaspora
Vote participation by county

The 2003 referendum was the first revision of the Romanian constitution since its inception on 8 December 1991.[2] The referendum included a variety of major changes to the constitution, namely in Articles 1, 2, 5, 9, 11, 15, 16, 20, and 21. Additionally, it included rules that heavily influenced criminal proceedings and how long the courts could hold an individual in preventive custody. The constitutional revision from 2003 also guarantees that "A person’s freedom to develop his/her spirituality and to get access to the values of national and universal culture shall not be limited."


2003 Romanian constitutional referendum
Choice Votes  %
Yes 8,915,022 91.1
No 875,172 8.9
Valid votes 9,790,194 98.5
Invalid or blank votes 148,247 1.5
Total votes 9,938,441 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 17,842,103 55.7
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1592 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. "Law for the revision of the Constitution of Romania" (PDF). Retrieved 2 March 2021.

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