1976 East German general election

General elections were held in East Germany on 17 October 1976. Out of 591 candidates of the single-list National Front for the 500-seat Volkskammer, 500 were elected from the highest number of votes received in each of the allocated lists, and 91 who lost their elections became substitute deputies. At its first session on 29 October, the Volkskammer elected Willi Stoph as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, while Erich Honecker, General Secretary of the ruling Socialist Unity Party, was elected Chairman of the Council of State. The allocation of seats remained unchanged from previous elections.

1976 East German general election

← 1971 17 October 1976 (1976-10-17) 1981 →

500 seats in the Volkskammer
Turnout98.6% Increase 0.1pp
  Majority party
Leader Erich Honecker
Party SED
Alliance National Front
Leader since 3 May 1971
Seats won 127
Seat change Steady 0

Chairman of the Council of Ministers before election

Horst Sindermann

Chairman of the Council of Ministers after election

Willi Stoph

Results edit

Party or allianceVotes%Seats+/–
National FrontSocialist Unity Party of Germany11,245,02399.861270
Free German Trade Union Federation680
Christian Democratic Union520
Liberal Democratic Party of Germany520
National Democratic Party of Germany520
Democratic Farmers' Party of Germany520
Free German Youth400
Democratic Women's League of Germany350
Cultural Association of the GDR220
Valid votes11,260,33099.98
Invalid/blank votes2,6160.02
Total votes11,262,946100.00
Registered voters/turnout11,425,19498.58
Source: IPU, Nohlen & Stöver[1]

References edit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p792 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7