Dutch general election, 1977

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Dutch general election, 1977
Netherlands
1972 ←
May 25, 1977 → 1981

All 150 seats to the House of Representatives
76 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Joop den Uyl Dries van Agt Hans Wiegel
Leader Joop den Uyl Dries van Agt Hans Wiegel
Party PvdA CDA VVD
Leader since 1966 1976 1971
Last election 43 seats, 27,3% 48 seats, 30,9% * 22 seats, 14,4%
Seats won 53 49 28
Seat change Increase10 Increase1 Increase6
Popular vote 2.813.793 2.653.416 1.492.689
Percentage 33,8% 31,9% 17,9%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Jan Terlouw Hette Abma Marcus Bakker
Leader Jan Terlouw Hette Abma Marcus Bakker
Party D66 SGP CPN
Leader since 1973 1971 1963
Last election 6 seats, 4,1% 3 seats, 2,2% 7 seats, 4,4%
Seats won 8 3 2
Seat change Increase2 Steady0 Decrease5
Popular vote 452.423 177.010 143.481
Percentage 5,4% 2,1% 1,7%

  Seventh party Eighth party Ninth party
  Ria Beckers Bart Verbrugh Bram van der Lek
Leader Ria Beckers Bart Verbrugh Bram van der Lek
Party PPR GPV PSP
Leader since 1977 1977 1972
Last election 7 seats, 4,8% 2 seats, 1,7% 2 seats, 1,5%
Seats won 3 1 1
Seat change Decrease4 Decrease1 Decrease1
Popular vote 140.910 79.421 77.972
Percentage 1,6% 0,9% 0,9%

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Prime Minister before election

Joop den Uyl
PvdA

Prime Minister

Dries van Agt
CDA

General elections were held in the Netherlands on 25 May 1977.[1] The Labour Party remained the largest party, winning 53 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives.[2] Following the election, it took 208 days of negotiations to form a new government. This was a European record for longest government formation that stood until after the 2010 Belgian general election.[3] The Christian Democratic Appeal was formed by the Anti Revolutionary Party (ARP), Christian Historical Union (CHU) and the Catholic People's Party (KVP) in 1976. The first joint party leader was a member of the KVP, Dries van Agt.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Labour Party 2,813,793 33.8 53 +10
Christian Democratic Appeal 2.653.416 31.9 49 +1
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 1,492,689 17.9 28 +6
Democrats 1966 452,423 5.4 8 +2
Reformed Political Party 177,010 2.1 3 0
Communist Party of the Netherlands 143,481 1.7 2 –5
Political Party of Radicals 140,910 1.7 3 –4
Reformed Political League 79,421 1.0 1 –1
Pacifist Socialist Party 77,972 0.9 1 –1
Farmers' Party 69,914 0.8 1 –2
Democratic Socialists '70 59,487 0.7 1 –5
Democratic Action Centre 158,234 1.9 0 New
European Conservative Union 0 New
Federation of Elderly Parties of the Netherlands 0 New
Griek List 0 New
Jusia List 0 New
Communist Unity Movement of the Netherlands 0 New
New Middle Party 0 0
Dutch Peoples-Union 0 New
Party of the Taxpayers 0 New
Roman Catholic Party of the Netherlands 0 –1
Reformatory Political Federation 0 New
Socialist Party 0 New
Verbond tegen Ambtelijke Willekeur 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 48,217
Total 8,365,829 100 150 0
Registered voters/turnout 9,506,318 88.0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular Vote
PvdA
  
33.83%
CDA
  
31.89%
VVD
  
17.95%
D66
  
5.44%
SGP
  
2.13%
CPN
  
1.73%
PPR
  
1.69%
GPV
  
0.95%
PSP
  
0.94%
BP
  
0.84%
DS70
  
0.72%
RPF
  
0.64%
Other
  
1.26%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1396 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1414
  3. ^ Laurent Thomet (January 8, 2011). "Belgium's shoddy political record poses financial threat". Retrieved 2011-01-27. "Without a government for nearly seven months, Belgium now holds a dubious record in Europe and with no end in sight to the political crisis, fears are growing of a backlash from watchful markets. The divided country on Saturday broke the 208-day mark set by the Netherlands in 1977 for being without a government."