Polish parliamentary election, 1997

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Polish parliamentary election, 1997
Poland
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21 September 1997
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All 460 seats in the Sejm
231 seats were needed for a majority in the Sejm
All 100 seats in the Senate
  First party Second party Third party
  Marian Krzaklewski 2007.jpg Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz (senator).jpg Balcerowicz.wywiad.do.radia.jpg
Leader Marian Krzaklewski Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz Leszek Balcerowicz
Party Solidarity Electoral Action Democratic Left Alliance Freedom Union
Leader since 8 June 1996 7 February 1996 April 2005
Leader's seat Katowice Białystok Katowice
Last election Did not exist 171 seats, 20.4% 74 seats, 10.6%
Seats won 201 164 60
Seat change Increase 201 Decrease 7 Decrease 14
Popular vote 4,427,373 3,551,224 1,749,518
Percentage 33.8% 27.1% 13.4%
Swing Increase 33.8% Increase 6.7% Increase 2.8%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Waldemar Pawlak candidate 2010 D crop.jpg Jan Ferdynand Olszewski.jpg Ryszard Bugaj2.jpg
Leader Waldemar Pawlak Jan Olszewski Ryszard Bugaj
Party Polish People's Party Movement for Reconstruction of Poland Labour Union
Leader since 29 June 1991 18 November 1995 1992
Leader's seat Płock Warsaw Warsaw
Last election 132 seats, 15.4% Did not exist 41, 7.3%
Seats won 27 6 0
Seat change Decrease 105 Increase 6 Decrease 41
Popular vote 956,184 727,072 620,611
Percentage 7.3% 5.6% 4.7%
Swing Decrease 8.1% Increase 5.6% Decrease 2.6%

  Seventh party
 
Leader Henryk Kroll
Party German Minority
Leader since 1991
Leader's seat Opole
Last election 4 seats, 0.7%
Seats won 2
Seat change Decrease 2
Popular vote 51,027
Percentage 0.4%
Swing Decrease0.3%

Wybory sejm 1997.png

Voivodeships with winning majority

– Solidarity Electoral Action – Democratic Left Alliance


Prime Minister before election

Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz
Democratic Left Alliance

New Prime Minister

Jerzy Buzek
Solidarity Electoral Action

Parliamentary elections were held in Poland on 21 September 1997.[1] In the Sejm elections, 47.93% of citizens cast their votes, 96.12% of which were counted as valid. In the Senate elections, 46.92% of citizens cast their votes, 97.82% of which were valid.

The election was won by the liberal conservative party Solidarity Electoral Action. It formed a coalition with the Freedom Union, a liberal party. The election was a major setback for the Democratic Left Alliance and the Polish People's Party who was forced out of government.

Results[edit]

Party Sejm Senate
Votes % Seats +/– Votes % Seats +/–
Solidarity Electoral Action 4,427,373 33.8 201 New 6,550,176 49.2 51 New
Democratic Left Alliance 3,551,224 27.1 164 –7 6,091,721 45.7 28 –9
Freedom Union 1,749,518 13.4 60 –14 2,943,527 22.1 8 +4
Polish People's Party 956,184 7.3 27 –105 1,819,176 13.7 3 –33
Movement for Reconstruction of Poland 727,072 5.6 6 New 2,553,252 19.2 5 New
Labour Union 620,611 4.7 0 –41 520,130 3.9 0 0
National Party of Retirees and Pensioners 284,826 2.2 0 New 1,112,129 8.4 0 New
Real Politics Union 266,317 2.0 0 0 550,254 4.1 0 0
National Party of Retirees and Pensioners–Polish Republic 212,826 1.6 0 New
National Christian Bloc for Poland 178,395 1.4 0 New
German Minority TS-KNSO 51,027 0.4 2 –4
TSKNWk[a] 16,724 0.1 0
Słowaiańska MN RP-Prawosławni 13,632 0.1 0
Self-Defence of the Republic of Poland 10,073 0.1 0 0
Polske Wspólnote Narodowa PSN 8,590 0.1 0
TSKNWC[b] 6,206 0.0 0
MN "Pojednanie i Przyszlośc" 3,663 0.0 0
MN Województwa Olsztyńskiego 1,729 0.0 0
Niezależna i bezpartyjna 924 0.0 0
Sojuz Ludzi "Polska, Praca, Sprawiedliwośc 703 0.0 0
Stow. MN Województwa Elbląskiego 614 0.0 0
Local lists 3,804,084 28.6 5 –5
Invalid/blank votes 528,147 269,149
Total 13,616,378 100 460 0 13,614,101 100 100 0
Registered voters/turnout 28,409,054 47.9 28,409,054 47.9
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

a Towarzystwo Spoleczno Kulturalne Niemców Województwa katowickiego

b Towarzystwo Spoleczno Kulturalne Niemców Województwa Częstochowskiego

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1491 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  • Obwieszczenie Państwowej Komisji Wyborczej z dn. 25 IX 1997 r., Monitor Polski. Nr 64, poz. 620
  • Obwieszczenie PKW z dn. 25 IX 1997 r., M.P. Nr 64, poz. 621