68.2% voted Yes
What does this mean for Newham?
The council will now be led by a new-style elected mayor along with a cabinet made up of a small group of councillors chosen by the mayor.
Electors will vote for who they want to be mayor on 2 May 2002 - the new system will operate from then.
Newham residents will elect the new-style mayor every four years. Other councillors cannot remove the mayor from office.
The mayor will choose (and has the power to dismiss) between two and nine councillors who will serve as the cabinet.
The mayor can give power to make decisions to other people in the cabinet, to council officers, joint organisations and other local committees or make decisions alone.
The mayor's decisions will be subject to ongoing scrutiny by councillors
The role fulfilled by the existing mayor, which is principally a ceremonial role, will continue under a new title.