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A referendum was held in Spain on 15 December 1976 to approve the Political Reform Act of 1977 which had been approved by the Spanish Parliament, The Cortes Generales. The question asked was "Do you approve of the Political Reform Bill? (Spanish: "¿Aprueba el Proyecto de Ley para la Reforma Política?") The final result was overwhelming support for the project with 94.17% of voters in favour on a turnout of 77.8%.

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Purpose

The Political Reform Act (Spanish: Ley 1/1977 de 4 de enero) was the last of the Fundamental Laws of the Realm and was approved by the Cortes on 18 November 1976. Its aim was to move away from the dictatorship of the Franco era and turn Spain into a constitutional monarchy with a parliament system based on representative democracy. It had been drafted by Torcuato Fernández Miranda, then President of the Cortes, and supported by Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez and King Juan Carlos. The law provided for the legalisation of political parties and a democratic election to Constituent Cortes, a committee of which then drafted the Constitution.[1]

Results

Choice Votes %
Yes 16,573,180 94.17%
No 450,102 2.56%
None of the above 523,457 2.97%
Blank ballots 52,823 0.30%
Total 17,599,562 100%
Source: Ministerio del Interior

In total 22,644,290 people had been eligible to vote. The yes vote ranged from 89.8% in Santander to 96.9% in Almería. The vote for "none of the above" only exceeded 5% in the three Basque provinces and the Basque province of Guipúzcoa was the only province where the turnout, at 45.25%, was less than 50%.[2]

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