Belgian Congo general election, 1960

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General elections were held in the Belgian Congo on 22 May 1960, in order to create a government to rule the country following independence, scheduled for 30 June. The 137-seat Chamber of Representatives was elected by men over the age of 21. The seats were filled by district-based lists,[1] although only two parties, the Mouvement National Congolais-Lumumba and the National Party of Progress, submitted lists in more than one district.

The MNC-L led by Patrice Lumumba won the most seats, and Lumumba was elected Prime Minister by the National Assembly after forming a coalition with the Parti Solidaire Africain, Centre de Regroupment Africain and some other parties.[1] Voter turnout was 81.8%.[2]

Following the election, an 87-seat Senate was elected by District Assembly members, and the two chambers elected a president (Joseph Kasa-Vubu of ABAKO) together.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Mouvement National Congolais-Lumumba (MNC-L) 592,256 26.6 36
Parti Solidaire Africain (PSA) 278,971 12.6 13
Alliance des Bakongo (ABAKO) 210,542 9.5 12
Parti National du Progrès (PNP) 178,237 8.0 10
Mouvement National Congolais-Kalonji (MNC-K) 161,942 7.3 8
Party of National Unity 118,661 5.3 8
Cartel Katangais 110,091 4.9 7
Confédération des associations tribales du Katanga (CONAKAT) 104,821 4.7 8
Centre de Regroupement Africain (CEREA) 95,721 4.3 10
Congolese National Union 63,425 2.9 3
Kwangolese Union for Independence and Liberty 52,612 2.4 3
Kasaian Union 47,526 2.1 2
Congolese Grouping 41,202 1.9 4
Alliance des Bayanzi (ABAZI) 21,024 0.9 1
FC 17,716 0.7 1
Progressive Rural Alliance-Congolese Rural Alliance 16,892 0.8 1
Union of Mongo 16,739 0.8 1
Democratic Rally of Lac, Kwango and Kwilu 12,761 0.6 1
Independents 63,333 2.8 0
Regional parties 19,422 0.9 0
Vacant - - 7
Invalid/blank votes 549,701 - -
Total 2,773,595 100 137
Source: Nohlen et al.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b DRC: 1960 National Assembly results EISA
  2. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p291 ISBN 0-19-829645-2