1998 Portuguese regionalisation referendum

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A referendum on creating administrative regions was held in Portugal on 8 November 1998.[1] Two proposals were put to voters, the first on implementing the regions, and the second specifically asking whether voters approved of the new region for their area. The proposals were rejected by wide margins by voters.[2]

Political positions[edit]

The major parties in Portugal at the time listed with their political positioning and their official answer to the referendum question:


Question I[edit]

Do you agree with implementing administrative region?[2]

No: 2,530,802 (63.52%) Yes: 1,453,749 (36.48%)
Portuguese regionalisation referendum, 1998
Choice Votes %
Referendum failed No 2,530,802 63.52
Yes 1,453,749 36.48
Valid votes 3,984,551 95.84
Invalid or blank votes 172,976 4.16
Total votes 4,157,527 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 8,640,026 48.12
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Question II[edit]

Do you agree with concretely implementing the administrative region for the area where you live? (question placed only to registered citizens in Continental Portugal)[2]

No: 2,457,604 (63.93%) Yes: 1,386,718 (36.07%)
Portuguese regionalisation referendum, 1998
Choice Votes %
Referendum failed No 2,457,604 63.93
Yes 1,386,718 36.07
Valid votes 3,844,322 96.94
Invalid or blank votes 121,531 3.06
Total votes 3,965,853 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 8,243,030 48.11
Source: STAPE


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1542 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b c Nohlen & Stöver, p1551