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1902 Belgian general election

1902 Belgian general election

← 1900 25 May 1902 1904 →

85+6 of 166 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
  First party Second party Third party
  Paul de Smet de Naeyer.jpg No image.png No image.png
Leader Paul de Smet de Naeyer August De Winne
Party Catholic Liberal Labour
Leader since Candidate for PM 1899
Seats before 86 seats 31 seats 32 seats
Seats won 54 20 10
Seats after 93 33 32
Seat change Increase 7 Increase 2 Steady
Popular vote 596,382 266,891 159,370
Percentage 56.00% 25.06% 14.97%

Government before election

de Smet de Naeyer II
Catholic

Elected Government

de Smet de Naeyer II
Catholic

Partial general elections were held in Belgium on 25 May 1902.[1] The result was a victory for the Catholic Party, which won 54 of the 85 seats up for election in the Chamber of Representatives.[2] Voter turnout was 95.7%.[3]

Under the alternating system, elections were only held in five out of the nine provinces: Antwerp, Brabant, Luxembourg, Namur and West Flanders. In addition to the regular elections for these 85 seats, elections were held for one seat (6 in total) in Ghent-Eeklo, Aalst, Soignies, Charleroi, Liège and Verviers because the number of representatives increased for these electoral arrondissements following the population census.

A month earlier, a general strike was held, aimed at forcing electoral reform and notably the end of the system of plural voting. However, it was unsuccessful. The Catholic Party, being against reform, even strengthened their majority in the elections.

Results

Party Votes % Seats won Total seats +/-
Catholic Party 596,382 56.00 54 93 +7
Liberal Party 266,891 25.06 20 33 +2
Belgian Labour Party 159,370 14.97 10 32 0
Christian Democratic Party 26,435 2.48 1 2 +1
Other parties 15,848 1.49 0 0 0
Radical Party - - 0 2 0
Invalid/blank votes 0 - -
Total 1,064,926 100 85 162 +10
Source: Belgian Elections

Constituencies

The distribution of seats among the electoral districts was as follows.[4] Several arrondissements got one or more additional seats, following the population census.

Province Arrondissement(s) Seats Change
Antwerp Antwerp 13 +2
Mechelen 4
Turnhout 3
Limburg Hasselt 3
Tongeren-Maaseik 3
East Flanders Aalst 5 +1
Oudenaarde 3
Gent-Eeklo 11 +1
Dendermonde 3
Sint-Niklaas 4
West Flanders Bruges 4 +1
Roeselare-Tielt 4
Kortrijk 5 +1
Ypres 3
Veurne-Diksmuide-Ostend 4
Brabant Leuven 6
Brussels 21 +3
Nivelles 4
Hainaut Tournai-Ath 6
Charleroi 9 +1
Thuin 3
Mons 6
Soignies 3 +1
Liège Huy-Waremme 4
Liège 12 +1
Verviers 5 +1
Luxembourg Arlon-Marche-Bastogne 3
Neufchâteau-Virton 2
Namur Namur 5
Dinant-Philippeville 4
Total 166 +14

References

  1. ^ Nohlen, Dieter; Stöver, Philip (31 May 2010). Elections in Europe: A data handbook. Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft. p. 289. ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7.
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p308
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p295
  4. ^ List of members of the Chamber of Representatives (1920-1921)

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