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General elections were held in the Netherlands on 13 June 1956.[1] For the first time, the Labour Party (PvdA) emerged as the largest party, winning 50 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives.[2]

1956 Dutch general election
Netherlands
← 1952 13 June 1956 1959 →
Turnout95.5%
Party Leader % Seats ±
PvdA Willem Drees 32.7% 50 +20
KVP Carl Romme 31.7% 49 +19
ARP Jelle Zijlstra 9.9% 15 +3
VVD Pieter Oud 8.8% 13 +4
CHU Hendrik Tilanus 8.4% 13 +4
CPN Paul de Groot 4.7% 7 +1
SGP Pieter Zandt 2.3% 3 +1
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
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Seats
Prime Minister before Prime Minister after
Drees, W. - SFA002019221.jpg Willem Drees
PvdA
Willem Drees
PvdA
Drees, W. - SFA002019221.jpg

The elections led to the continuation of the four-party coalition government, consisting of the PvdA, Catholic People's Party, Anti-Revolutionary Party and Christian Historical Union.

Electoral systemEdit

Prior to the elections the number of seats in the House of Representatives was raised from 100 to 150.[3] This meant that the electoral threshold was reduced from 1% to 0.67%.[3]

ResultsEdit

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Labour Party 1,872,209 32.7 50 +20
Catholic People's Party 1,815,310 31.7 49 +19
Anti-Revolutionary Party 567,535 9.9 15 +3
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 502,530 8.8 13 +4
Christian Historical Union 482,918 8.4 13 +4
Communist Party of the Netherlands 272,054 4.7 7 +1
Reformed Political Party 129,517 2.3 3 +1
Reformed Political League 37,206 0.6 0 0
National Union 28,960 0.5 0 New
National Opposition Union 19,503 0.3 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 121,910
Total 5,849,652 100 150 +50
Registered voters/turnout 6,152,210 95.5
Source: Nederlandse verkiezingsuitslagen
Popular Vote
PvdA
32.69%
KVP
31.69%
ARP
9.91%
VVD
8.77%
CHU
8.43%
CPN
4.75%
SGP
2.26%
GPV
0.65%
Other
0.85%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1396 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1413
  3. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1385