Assembly of Representatives election, 1931

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Elections to the Assembly of Representatives were held in Mandate Palestine on 5 January 1931.[1] Mapai emerged as the largest party.

Electoral system[edit]

Voter choice was limited by ethnic groups; Ashkenazi Jews could only vote for Ashkenazi lists, whilst Sephardic Jews and Yemenite Jews were similarly constrained.[1] A total of 18 lists contested the election.[1]

Campaign[edit]

The elections were boycotted by Agudat Yisrael in protest at women being allowed to vote and the Yishuv's approach to religious education and ritual slaughter.[1]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Mapai 21,497 43.5 27
Revisionists 8,069 16.3 10
Mizrachi-Hapoel HaMizrachi 4,107 8.3 5
General Zionists 2,841 5.7 5
Sephardic Bloc 2,301 4.7 6
Sephardic Revisionists 2,121 4.3 5
Women's Association 1,861 3.8 3
Sephardic Workers 1,653 3.3 4
Yemenites 1,515 3.1 3
Poale Zion 902 1.8 1
Borochov Workers 891 1.8 1
Hashomer Hatzair 812 1.6 1
Proletarian List 524 1.1 0
Artisans Group 352 0.7 0
Sephardic Poale Zion 28 0.1 0
Sephardic Borochov Workers 1 0.0 0
Middle Class Association 0
Hitahdut HaIkarim 0
Invalid/blank 961
Total 50,436 100 71
Registered voters/turnout 75,046 67.2
Source: UNISPAL

Aftermath[edit]

Following its election, the Assembly elected the 23-member Jewish National Council. Of the 23 elected members, 11 were from Mapai, four from the Sephardim Bloc, three from Mizrachi, three from the General Zionists and two from smaller parties.[1] The Revisionists refused to join the Council on the basis that the Assembly refused to pass three resolutions it presented on not taking part in the Legislative Council, overturning the decision of the Jewish Agency to take part in a round table conference or to not send members to negotiate with the British government.[1]

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