Japanese general election, 1903

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Results of the Japanese General Elections, 1903

The Japanese General Election of 1903 (第8回衆議院議員総選挙 Dai-hachikai Shūgiin Giinsōsenkyō?) was the Empire of Japan’s eighth general election for members of the House of Representatives of the Diet of Japan, held on March 1, 1903.

History and background[edit]

As with the previous elections, the electorate was based on limited suffrage, with only male citizens 25 years of age and over, who had paid 15 Japanese Yen or more in national taxes, and who had been resident in their prefecture for at least a year, qualified to vote. [1] The number of eligible voters who met this requirement was 958,322. The number of candidates for office was 537 with 376 seats up for contest. Voter turnout was 86.17%.


Political Parties Seats
Rikken Seiyūkai ( 立憲政友会?) 175
Kensei Hontō ( 憲政本党?) 85
Teikokutō (帝国党?) 17
Chusei Club (中正倶楽部?) 31
Seiyu Club (政友倶楽部?) 13
Independents (無所属) 55
Total 376


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