1856 Belgian general election

1856 Belgian general election

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54 of the 108 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
55 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Pierre De Decker.jpg Charlesrogier.jpg
Leader Pierre de Decker Charles Rogier
Party Catholic Liberal
Leader since Candidate for PM Candidate for PM
Seats before 54 seats 54 seats
Seats won 33 21
Seats after 63 45
Seat change Increase 9 Decrease 9
Popular vote 15,168 12,472
Percentage 54.88% 45.12%

Government before election

de Decker

Elected Government

de Decker

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Partial general elections were held in Belgium on 10 June 1856.[1][2] In the elections for the Chamber of Representatives the result was a victory for the Catholics, who won 63 of the 108 seats.[2] Voter turnout was 60.6%, although only 43,573 people were eligible to vote.

Under the alternating system, Chamber elections were only held in four out of the nine provinces: East Flanders, Hainaut, Liège and Limburg. Thus, 54 of the 108 Chamber seats were up for election.


Chamber of Representatives

Party Votes % Seats
Won Total +/–
Catholics 15,168 54.9 33 63 +9
Liberal Party 12,472 45.1 21 45 –9
Invalid/blank votes 3,621
Total 27,640 100 54 108 0
Registered voters/turnout 45,573 60.6
Source: Mackie & Rose,[3] Sternberger et al.


  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, p46

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