1861 Belgian general election

1861 Belgian general election

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58 of the 116 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
57 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
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Leader Charles Rogier
Party Liberal Catholic
Leader since Candidate for PM
Seats before 69 seats 47 seats
Seats won 36 22
Seats after 66 50
Seat change Decrease 3 Increase 3
Popular vote 15,979 11,799
Percentage 57.52% 42.48%

Government before election

Rogier II

Elected Government

Rogier II

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Partial general elections were held in Belgium on 11 June 1861.[1][2] In the elections for the Chamber of Representatives the result was a victory for the Liberal Party, which won 66 of the 116 seats.[2] Voter turnout was 58.4%, although only 47,555 people were eligible to vote.

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.


Chamber of Representatives

Party Votes % Seats
Won Total +/–
Liberal Party 15,979 57.5 36 66 –3
Catholics 11,799 42.5 22 50 +3
Invalid/blank votes 2,760
Total 30,538 100 58 116 0
Registered voters/turnout 47,555 58.4
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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