Parliamentary elections were held in Austria on 9 October 1949. About 500,000 registered Nazis, who were not allowed to vote in 1945, regained their voting rights. A newly created party, the Electoral Party of Independents (WdU) (a predecessor of the Freedom Party of Austria) specifically targeted this group of voters and immediately won a large share of votes. The Austrian People's Party remained strongest party, although losing their absolute majority of seats. Leopold Figl stayed as Chancellor, leading a coalition with the Socialist Party of Austria as junior partner.
165 seats in the National Council of Austria
83 seats needed for a majority
Results of the election, showing seats won by constituency and nationwide. Constituencies are shaded according to the first-place party.
|Austrian People's Party||1,846,581||44.03||77||–8|
|Socialist Party of Austria||1,623,524||38.71||67||–9|
|Electoral Party of Independents||489,273||11.67||16||New|
|Communist Party of Austria and Left Socialists||213,066||5.08||5||+1|
|Democratic Front of the Working People||2,088||0.05||0||New|
|Democratic Party of Austria||5||0.00||0||0|
|Economic Party of House and Property Owners||3||0.00||0||New|
|Austrian Patriotic Party||0||0.00||0||New|
|Source: Nohlen & Stöver|
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