Austrian legislative election, 1949

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The elections to the Austrian National Council of 1949 were the second nation-wide elections in Austria after World War II. About 500,000 registered Nazis, who were not allowed to vote in 1945, regained their voting rights. A newly created party, the Electoral Party of Independents (WdU) (a predecessor of the Freedom Party of Austria) specifically targeted this group of voters and immediately won a large share of votes.[1] The Austrian People's Party remained strongest party, although losing their absolute majority of seats. Leopold Figl stayed as Chancellor, leading a coalition with the Socialist Party of Austria as junior partner.[2]

Results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 9 October 1949 National Council of Austria election results
Parties Votes +/- % +/- Seats +/-
Austrian People's Party (Österreichische Volkspartei) 1,846,581 +244,354 44.03 -5.77 77 -8
Socialist Party of Austria (Sozialistische Partei Österreichs) 1,623,524 +188,626 38.71 -5.89 67 -9
Electoral Party of Independents (Wahlpartei der Unabhängigen) 489,273 * 11.67 * 16 *
Communist Party of Austria and Left Socialists (Kommunistische Partei Österreichs und Linkssozialisten) 213,066 +48,809 5.08 -0.34 5 +1
Democratic Union (Demokratische Union) 12,059 * 0.28 * 0 *
Vierte Partei (Fourth Party) 7,134 * 0.17 * 0 *
Democratic Front of the Working People (Demokraticna fronta delovnegna ljudstva ) 2,088 * 0.05 * 0 *
Democratic Party of Austria 5 * 0.0 * 0 *
Economic Party of House and Property Owners 3 * 0.0 * 0 *
Austrian Patriotic Party 0 * 0.0 * 0 *
Invalid/blank votes 56,883
Total (turnout 96.8%) 4,250,616 100.0 165
Notes: * Did not stand in previous election
Source: Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010). Elections in Europe: A data handbook. p. 213. 
Popular Vote
ÖVP
  
44.03%
SPÖ
  
38.71%
VdU
  
11.67%
KuL
  
5.08%
Other
  
0.51%

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