The Third Amendment of the Constitution Bill, 1968 was a proposal to amend the Constitution of Ireland to alter the electoral system, with respect to the drawing of constituency boundaries. The proposal was rejected in the referendum on apportionment held on 16 October.
The subject matter of the referendum was described as follows:
The Third Amendment Bill was part of a second attempt to alter the electoral system for Dáil Éireann (the lower house of parliament). The first attempt had been rejected by voters in the 1959 referendum. On 16 October 1968 two new, separate proposals were put to referendum. The Third Amendment Bill proposed to alter the system for the drawing of constituency boundaries, the Fourth Amendment Bill, 1968 proposed to abolish the system proportional representation. However both proposals were rejected.
The Third Amendment Bill proposed to specify more precisely the system of apportionment in the drawing of constituency boundaries. It would have permitted rural constituencies to elect a disproportionate number of TDs, thus allowing a degree of malapportionment). It was introduced by the Fianna Fáil government of Jack Lynch but was opposed by Fine Gael, the main opposition party, and by the Labour Party. It was rejected by 656,803 (60.8%) against to 424,185 (39.2%) in favour.
|Third Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland Bill, 1968|
|Invalid or blank votes||48,489||4.29%|
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