Soviet Union legislative election, 1958

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Soviet Union legislative election, 1958
Soviet Union
1954 ←
16 March 1958 → 1962

All seats to the Soviet Supreme Soviet
  First party

  Bundesarchiv Bild 183-B0628-0015-035, Nikita S. Chruschtschow.jpg

Leader Nikita Khrushchev
Party CPSU
Leader since 13 March 1953
Seats won 563 (Soviet of the Union)
485 (Soviet of Nationalities)
Percentage 99.6%

Elected General Secretary

Nikita Khrushchev

Elections to the Supreme Soviet were held in the Soviet Union on 16 March 1958.[1]

Electoral system[edit]

Candidates had to be nominated by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) or by a public organisation.[2] However, all public organisations were controlled by the party and were subservient to a 1931 law that required them to accept party rule.[2] The CPSU itself remained the only legal one in the country.[3]

Voters could vote against the CPSU candidate, but could only do so by using polling booths, whereas votes for the party could be cast simply by submitting a blank ballot.[2] Turnout was required to be over 50% for the election to be valid.[2]


CPSU candidates accounted for around three quarters of the nominees, whilst many of the others were members of Komsomol.[4]


Party Soviet of the Union Soviet of Nationalities
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Communist Party of the Soviet Union 133,214,652 99.6 563 133,431,524 99.7 485
Independents 175 155
Against 580,641 0.4 363,736 0.3
Invalid/blank votes 798 831
Total 133,796,091 100 738 133,796,091 100 640
Registered voters/turnout 133,836,325 100 133,836,325 100
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1642 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b c d Nohlen & Stöver, p1630
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1654
  4. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1631