1872 Belgian general election

1872 Belgian general election

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63 of the 124 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
63 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Barthélemy de Theux (03).jpg FrèreOrban.jpg
Leader Barthélémy de Theux de Meylandt Walthère Frère-Orban
Party Catholic Liberal
Leader since Candidate for PM Candidate for PM
Seats before 72 seats 52 seats
Seats won 43 20
Seats after 71 53
Seat change Decrease 1 Increase 1
Popular vote 20,949 9,455
Percentage 68.75% 31.03%

Government before election

de Theux de Meylandt III

Elected Government

de Theux de Meylandt III

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Partial general elections were held in Belgium on Tuesday 11 June 1872.[1][2] In the elections for the Chamber of Representatives the result was a victory for the Catholic Party, which won 71 of the 124 seats.[2] Voter turnout was 55.5%, although only 54,933 people were eligible to vote.

Under the alternating system, elections were only held in five out of the nine provinces: Antwerp, Brabant, Luxembourg, Namur and West Flanders.

The incumbent government was a Catholic government led by Jules Malou.


Chamber of Representatives

Party Votes % Seats
Won Total +/–
Catholic Party 20,949 68.8 43 71 –1
Liberal Party 9,455 31.0 20 53 +1
Others 66 0.2 0 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 5,709
Total 36,179 100 63 124 0
Registered voters/turnout 54,933 55.5
Source: Mackie & Rose,[3] Sternberger et al.

The results exclude the voting figures for the Nivelles constituency.[3]


  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. ^ a b Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan, pp48–49

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