1938 Portuguese legislative election

Parliamentary elections were held in Portugal on 30 October 1938.[1] The country was a one-party state at the time and the National Union was the only party to contest the elections, with no opposition candidates allowed to run.[2]

1938 Portuguese National Assembly election

← 1934 30 October 1938 1942 →

100 seats to the National Assembly
51 seats needed for a majority
  First party
  Antonio Salazar-1.jpg
Leader António de Oliveira Salazar
Party UN
Last election 100 seats
Seats won 100
Seat change Steady
Popular vote 694,290
Percentage 100.0%
Swing Steady

Portugal Chamber of Deputies 1934-1942.svg

Prime Minister before election

António de Oliveira Salazar

Prime Minister-elect

António de Oliveira Salazar

Electoral systemEdit

For the elections the country formed a single 100-member constituency.[3] All men aged 21 or over were eligible to vote as long as they were literate or paid over 100 escudos in taxation, whilst women aged over 21 had to have completed secondary education to do so.[3] However, only 11% of the population were registered to vote.[4]


Party Votes % Seats
National Union 100 100
Invalid/blank votes
Total 694,290 100 100
Registered voters/turnout 829,054 83.7
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1542 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1527
  3. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1535
  4. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1544

See alsoEdit