Zimbabwe: 2000 Constitutional referendum results

Updated June 2007

A national referendum was held on 12 and 13 February 2000 on the adoption of a new constitution for Zimbabwe. The proposed constitution would have, amongst other things, strengthened the power of the presidency to confiscate white-owned land without compensation (EISA 2000 7-8).

President Robert Mugabe proposed the new constitution and his party, Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU PF), campaigned for an endorsing "yes" vote. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led the campaign of the opposition parties for a "no" vote (EISA 2000 7-8).

The new constitution was rejected by 54.31% to 45.69% of the votes; voter turnout was about 26% (EISA 2000 8-9).

See VENTER, D 2005, Zimbabwe before and after the June 2000 elections: an assessment, for a discussion of the implications of this poll.

Votes per Province

Province No vote Yes vote Total
Bulawayo 90 422 27 737 118 159
Harare 218 298 73 410 291 708
Manicaland 67 787 38 993 106 780
Mashonaland Central 43 385 96 661 140 046
Mashonaland East 39 930 60 354 100 284
Mashonaland West 53 328 75 251 128 597
Masvingo 49 658 61 927 111 585
Matabeleland North 31 224 26 413 57 637
Matabeleland South 31 759 33 606 65 365
Midlands 70 572 91 587 162 159
National 696 363 585 939 1 282 302

Table source

EISA 2000, 9.

Reference

EISA 2000 Zimababwe Election Update 2000, 1, 5 June.