1926 San Marino general election

General elections were held in San Marino on 12 December 1926 to elect the eighth term of the Grand and General Council.[1] It was a sham election, all opposition being prevented to participate by internal and Italian threats. After it had taken over the country in April 1923,[2] the Sammarinese Fascist Party was the only party to contest the elections,[3] winning all 60 seats,[4] while the official report spoke of a sole dissident ballot. A new electoral law guaranteed safe undisputed seats to the two incumbent Captains Regents.

1926 San Marino general election
San Marino
← 1923 12 December 1926 1932 →

All 60 seats in the Grand and General Council
31 seats needed for a majority
Turnout2,445 (56.8% Increase21.6%)
Party Leader % Seats +/–
Fascist Party Giuliano Gozi 100% 60 +31
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.

HistoryEdit

After the Patriotic Bloc victory in 1923, San Marino had effectively become a puppet of Fascist Italy.

The new electoral law of November 11, 1926, abolished universal suffrage to restore householders' ancient rights, established a copy of the Acerbo law, and extended the Council term to six years. More, even if this bloc voting system theorically allowed a small delegation of opposition candidates,[5] Italian menaces prevented any other list outside the Sammarinese Fascist Party, which ran undisputed the snap election that was immediately called. San Marino consequently became a one-party state.

Benito Mussolini did not waste time to show his industriousness with propaganda goals, beginning the construction of a Rimini-San Marino railway which would become the visible symbol of his leadership over the small country.

Electoral systemEdit

Voters had to be citizens of San Marino, male, 24 years old and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • the head of the family,
  • a graduate,
  • belong to the militia,
  • have an annual income above 55 lire.

ResultsEdit

Party Votes % Seats
Sammarinese Fascist Party 2,444 100.0 60
Invalid/blank votes 1
Total 2,445 100.0 60
Registered voters/turnout 4,305 56.8
Source: Sammarinese Parliament

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1678 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1670
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1686
  4. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1690
  5. ^ Grand and General Council database (it.)