1863 Belgian general election

1863 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 66 seats 50 seats
Seats won 24 34
Seats after 59 57
Seat change Decrease 7 Increase 7
Popular vote 17,799 21,310
Percentage 45.51% 54.49%

Government before election

Rogier II

Elected Government

Rogier II

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Partial general elections were held in Belgium on 9 June 1863.[1][2] The result was a victory for the Liberal Party, which won 59 of the 116 seats in the Chamber of Representatives and 33 of the 58 seats in the Senate.[2] Voter turnout was 74.5%, although only 52,519 people were eligible to vote.

Under the alternating system, elections for the Chamber of Representatives were only held in five out of the nine provinces: Antwerp, Brabant, Luxembourg, Namur and West Flanders. Additionally, special elections were held in the arrondissements of Tournai, Ghent and Hasselt.


Chamber of Representatives

Party Votes % Seats
Won Total +/–
Catholics 21,310 54.5 34 57 +7
Liberal Party 17,799 45.5 24 59 –7
Invalid/blank votes 1,456
Total 40,565 100 58 116 0
Registered voters/turnout 52,519 74.5
Source: Mackie & Rose,[3] Sternberger et al


Party Votes % Seats
Liberal Party 33
Catholics 25
Total 58
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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