August 1870 Belgian general election

Belgian general election,
August 1870

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All 124 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
63 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Jules d'Anethan.jpg FrèreOrban.jpg
Leader Jules d'Anethan Walthère Frère-Orban
Party Catholic Liberal
Leader since Candidate for PM Candidate for PM
Seats before 61 seats 61 seats
Seats won 72 52
Seat change Increase 11 Decrease 9
Popular vote 39,705 32,448
Percentage 54.49% 44.53%

Government before election


Elected Government


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Early general elections were held in Belgium on 2 August 1870, the second that year after the partial elections in June had ended with both the Catholic Party and the Liberal Party holding 61 seats each.[1] The result was a victory for the Catholic Party, which won 72 of the 124 seats in the Chamber of Representatives and 34 of the 62 seats in the Senate.[1] Voter turnout was 68%,[2] although only 107,099 people (2.1% of the population) were eligible to vote.[1]


Chamber of Representatives

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Catholic Party 39,705 54.5 72 +11
Liberal Party 32,448 44.5 52 –9
Others 720 1.0 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 6,210
Total 79,083 100 124 +2
Registered voters/turnout 107,099 68.0
Source: Mackie & Rose,[2] Sternberger et al.


Party Votes % Seats
Catholic Party 34
Liberal Party 27
Independents 1
Total 62
Sternberger et al.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Sternberger, D, Vogel, B & Nohlen, D (1969) Die Wahl der Parlamente: Band I: Europa - Erster Halbband, p105
  2. ^ a b Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan, pp48–49

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