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1866 Belgian general election

1866 Belgian general election

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61 of the 122 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
62 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 64 seats 52 seats
Seats won 43 18
Seats after 70 52
Seat change Increase 6 Steady
Popular vote 20,965 15,060
Percentage 58.20% 41.80%

Government before election

Rogier II
Liberal

Elected Government

Rogier II
Liberal

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Partial general elections were held in Belgium on 12 June 1866.[1][2] In the elections for the Chamber of Representatives the result was a victory for the Liberal Party, which won 70 of the 122 seats.[2] Voter turnout was 70%, although only 51,465 people were eligible to vote.

Under the alternating system, elections were only held in four out of the nine provinces: Hainaut, Limburg, Liège and East Flanders. Special elections were held in the arrondissements of Antwerp, Brussels and Leuven.

Results

Chamber of Representatives

Party Votes % Seats
Won Total +/–
Liberal Party 20,965 58.2 43 70 +6
Catholics 15,060 41.8 18 52 0
Invalid/blank votes 2,908
Total 38,933 100 61 122 +6
Registered voters/turnout 51,465 70.0
Source: Mackie & Rose,[3] Sternberger et al.

Constituencies

The distribution of seats among the electoral districts was as follows for the Chamber of Representatives, with the difference compared to the previous election due to population growth:[4]

Province Arrondissement Seats Change
Antwerp Antwerp 6 +1
Mechelen 3
Turnhout 3
Limburg Hasselt 2
Maaseik 1
Tongeren 2
East Flanders Aalst 3
Oudenaarde 3
Gent 8
Eeklo 1
Dendermonde 3
Sint-Niklaas 3
West Flanders Bruges 3
Roeselare 2
Tielt 2
Kortrijk 4
Ypres 3
Veurne 1
Diksmuide 1
Ostend 1
Brabant Leuven 5 +1
Brussels 13 +2
Nivelles 4
Hainaut Tournai 4
Ath 2
Charleroi 5 +1
Thuin 3 +1
Mons 5
Soignies 3
Liège Huy 2
Waremme 1
Liège 8 +1
Verviers 3
Luxembourg Arlon 1
Marche 1
Bastogne 1
Neufchâteau 1
Virton 1
Namur Namur 4
Dinant 2
Philippeville 2 +1
124 +8

References

  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
  4. ^ List of members of the Chamber of Representatives (1866-1967)

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