1961 Haitian parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in Haiti on 30 April 1961.[1] They followed the dissolution of Parliament by President François Duvalier and the abolition of the Senate, making the Chamber of Deputies a unicameral body. Duvalier's National Unity Party won all 67 seats in the elections,[2] which were later re-interpreted as presidential elections in order to give Duvalier a six-year presidential term and avoid the need for scheduled presidential election in 1963.[3][4]

1961 Haitian parliamentary election

← 1957 30 April 1961 1964 →

All 67 seats in the Chamber of Deputies
34 seats needed for a majority
  First party
Leader François Duvalier
Party PUN
Seats won 67
Percentage 100%

For the first time in Haitian history, two women were elected as deputies: Madame Max Adolphe and Aviole Paul-Blanc.[5]


National Unity Party67
Source: Nohlen


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p381 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6
  2. ^ Nohlen, p389
  3. ^ Nohlen, p376
  4. ^ The Statesman's Year-Book 1964-65, p1083
  5. ^ "First Women Deputies Sits In Unicameral". Haiti Sun. 14 May 1961. Retrieved 17 July 2018.