Republic of Palau

Primary Documents

Constitution of the Republic of Palau



Section 1.

An amendment to this Constitution may be proposed by a Constitutional Convention, popular initiative, or by the Olbiil Era Kelulau, as provided herein:

(a)at least once every fifteen (15) years, the Oibiil Era Kelulau may submit to the voters the question: “Shall there be a Convention to revise or amend the Constitution?” If a majority of the votes cast upon the question is in the affirmative, a Constitution Convention shall be convened within six (6) months thereafter, in a manner prescribed by law;

(b)by petition signed by not less than twenty-five percent (25%) of the registered voters; or

(c)by resolution adopted by not less than three-fourths (3/4) of the members of each House of the Olbiil Era Kelulau.

Section 2.

A proposed amendment to this Constitution shall become effective when approved in the next regular general election by a majority of the votes cast on that amendment and in not less than three-fourths (3/4) of the states.

1st Constitutional Convention, 1979

Journal, Jan. 28, 1979 to April 2, 1979.

2nd Constitutional Convention, 2005

Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute, July 15, 2005. In pdf format.