Latvian parliamentary election, 1931

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Parliamentary elections were held in Latvia on 3 and 4 October 1931.[1] The Latvian Social Democratic Workers' Party remained the largest party, winning 21 of the 100 seats.[2]

Electoral system[edit]

For the elections the country was divided into five constituencies, electing a total of 100 MPs using proportional representation.[3] The list system used was made flexible, as voters were able to cross out candidates' names and replace them with names from other lists,[3] a system 35% of voters took advantage of.[3] Although 103 lists registered for the election, the number of competing lists dropped from 66 to 46.[4]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Latvian Social Democratic Workers' Party 186,000 19.2 21 –4
Latvian Farmers' Union 118,443 12.2 14 –2
Democratic Centre 60,397 9.2 6 +3
Latgalian Christian Peasant and Catholic Party 78,881 8.1 8 +2
Trade Union Workers and Peasants Group 61,272 6.3 6 +1
New Farmers-Small Landowners Party 56,021 5.8 7 +3
Latgalian Farmer-Labour Party 48,795 5.0 5 +2
Committee of the German Baltic Parties 38,805 4.0 5 –1
Progressive Association 21,929 2.3 3 New
Christian National Union 21,208 2.2 3 –1
Party of Former Money Depositors 20,528 2.1 2 +1
Russian Orthodox and Voters of Labour Nation 20,528 2.1 2 New
New Farmers' Association 18,981 2.0 2 New
Agudas Israel 17,845 1.8 2 +1
United Polish Parties 16,928 1.7 2 New
Party for Peace and Order 15,192 1.6 1 0
Party of the Orthodox 12,107 1.3 1 –1
Mizrachi 11,761 1.2 1 –1
National Union 11,100 1.1 0 –2
Women's Union 10,634 1.1 0 0
Russian Public Workers' Association 10,556 1.1 1 –1
Orthodox Voters 10,166 1.1 1 New
Latvian Work Union 8,851 0.9 1 0
Association of Russian Peasants and Russian Public Workers 8,298 0.9 1 New
Workers and Poor Peasants 8,378 0.9 1 New
List for Riga Germans for Vidzeme 6,138 0.6 1 New
Trade Association of Railwaymen, Government Employees, Craftsmen and Workers 5,976 0.6 1 New
Latgalian Latvian Union 5,882 0.6 1 0
United Zionist Socialist Party of Latvia 5,274 0.5 0 New
United List of New Farmers - Small Landowners Party, Economic Centre and Dischargees 5,065 0.5 0 New
Bund 5,044 0.5 0 –1
Union of Christian and Working People 4,840 0.5 1 0
Polish-Catholic Latvian Union of Poles 4,202 0.4 0 –2
United List of Zemgale Jews 3,700 0.4 0 New
Old Believers 3,857 0.4 0 –2
Progressive Union and Democratic Centre 3,786 0.4 0 New
Unsatisfied New Farmers, Small Landholders and Fishermen 3,288 0.3 0 New
Courlanders' Association 3,094 0.3 0 New
Progressive Peasants and New Peasants of Zemgale 3,109 0.3 0 New
Lithuanian Catholics and Belarusians 3,105 0.3 0 New
Jewish Progressive Association 2,116 0.2 0 New
Association of Latvian Tenants 1,806 0.2 0 New
Latvian Social Democratic Opposition Workers 1,778 0.2 0 New
Latgalian Land Ploughmen, Radical Democrats and Soldier Liberators 1,556 0.2 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 6,855
Total 974,075 100 100 0
Registered voters/turnout 1,217,914 80.0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1122 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1143
  3. ^ a b c Nohlen & Stöver, p1113
  4. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1105