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1880 Belgian general election

1880 Belgian general election

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66 of the 132 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
67 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  FrèreOrban.jpg Jules Malou ars-moriendi.jpg
Leader Walthère Frère-Orban Jules Malou
Party Liberal Catholic
Leader since Candidate for PM Candidate for PM
Seats before 72 seats 60 seats
Seats won 26 40
Seats after 74 58
Seat change Increase 2 Decrease 2
Popular vote 21,283 20,700
Percentage 50.31% 48.94%

Belgian Chamber 1880.svg

Government before election

Frère-Orban II
Liberal

Elected Government

Frère-Orban II
Liberal

Partial general elections were held in Belgium on 8 June 1880.[1][2] In the elections for the Chamber of Representatives the result was a victory for the Liberal Party, which won 74 of the 132 seats.[2] Voter turnout was 67.2%, although only 62,936 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.

A special election was held on 21 August 1880 to elect a representative for the arrondissement of Oudenaarde following the death of Auguste Devos on 21 July 1880. Florent De Bleeckere was elected to succeed him.

Results

Chamber of Representatives

Party Votes % Seats
Won Total +/–
Liberal Party 21,283 50.3 26 74 +2
Catholic Party 20,700 48.9 40 58 –2
Others 318 0.8 0 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 3,486
Total 45,787 100 66 132 0
Registered voters/turnout 62,936 67.2
Source: Mackie & Rose,[3] Sternberger et al

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

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