1986 East German general election

General elections were held in East Germany on 8 June 1986. 500 deputies were elected to the Volkskammer, with all of them being candidates of the single-list National Front. 703 Front candidates were put forward, with 500 being elected and 203 becoming substitute deputies. At its first session on 16 June, the Volkskammer re-elected Willi Stoph as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, while Erich Honecker, General Secretary of the ruling Socialist Unity Party, was also re-elected Chairman of the State Council.

1986 East German general election

← 1981 8 June 1986 (1986-06-08) 1990 →

500 seats in the Volkskammer
Turnout99.7% Increase 0.5pp
  Majority party
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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

Willi Stoph

Chairman of the Council of Ministers after election

Willi Stoph

This would be the last election held in East Germany before the Peaceful Revolution in 1989, three years into the Volkshammer's term.


Party or allianceVotes%Seats+/–
National FrontSocialist Unity Party of Germany12,392,09499.941270
Free German Trade Union Federation61–7
Christian Democratic Union520
Liberal Democratic Party of Germany520
National Democratic Party of Germany520
Democratic Farmers' Party of Germany520
Free German Youth37–3
Democratic Women's League of Germany32–3
Cultural Association of the GDR21–1
Peasants Mutual Aid Association14New
Valid votes12,399,60699.98
Invalid/blank votes2,4070.02
Total votes12,402,013100.00
Registered voters/turnout12,434,44499.74
Source: IPU, Wahlrecht

See alsoEdit


  • Peter W. Sperlich. Oppression and Scarcity: The History and Institutional Structure of the Marxist-Leninist Government of East Germany and Some Perspectives on Life in a Socialist System. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group. 2006. p. 46.
  • Richard Felix Staar. Communist Regimes in Eastern Europe. Fifth Edition. California: Hoover Institution Press. 1988. p. 104.