June 1870 Belgian general election

Partial general elections were held in Belgium on 11 June 1870.[1][2] In the elections for the Chamber of Representatives the Liberal Party and the Catholic Party both won 61 seats, resulting in a hung parliament.[2] Voter turnout was 60%, although only 51,435 people were eligible to vote. Consequently, early elections were held two months later.

Belgian general election,
June 1870

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61 of the 122 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
62 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  FrèreOrban.jpg Jules d'Anethan.jpg
Leader Walthère Frère-Orban Jules d'Anethan
Party Liberal Catholic
Leader since Candidate for PM Candidate for PM
Seats before 72 seats 50 seats
Seats won 31 30
Seats after 61 61
Seat change Decrease 11 Increase 11
Popular vote 17,173 13,698
Percentage 55.63% 44.37%

Belgian Chamber 1870 june.svg

Government before election

Frère-Orban I
Liberal

Government after election

d'Anethan
Catholic

Under the alternating system, elections for the Chamber of Representatives were only held in four out of the nine provinces: Hainaut, Limburg, Liège and East Flanders.

ResultsEdit

Chamber of RepresentativesEdit

Party Votes % Seats
Won Total +/–
Liberal Party 17,173 55.6 31 61 –11
Catholic Party 13,698 44.4 30 61 +11
Invalid/blank votes 2,502
Total 33,373 100 61 122 0
Registered voters/turnout 51,435 60.0
Source: Mackie & Rose,[3] Sternberger et al

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Codebook Constituency-level Elections Archive, 2003
  2. ^ a b Sternberger, D, Vogel, B & Nohlen, D (1969) Die Wahl der Parlamente: Band I: Europa - Erster Halbband, p105
  3. ^ Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan, pp48–49