Swiss federal election, 1939

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Federal elections were held in Switzerland on 29 October 1939.[1] The Free Democratic Party emerged as the largest party in the National Council, winning 49 of the 187 seats.[2] Due to the outbreak of World War II, there were no elections in nine of the 25 cantons; Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Lucerne, Neuchâtel, Schwyz, Solothurn, Ticino, Valais, Vaud and Zug.[3] In what became known as "silent elections", a total of 55 candidates were elected unopposed.[3]

Results[edit]

National Council[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party 160,377 25.9 45 –5
Free Democratic Party 128,163 20.7 49 +1
Swiss Conservative People's Party 105,018 17.0 43 +1
Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents 91,182 14.7 22 +1
Ring of Independents 43,735 7.1 9 +2
Social-Political Group 16,891 2.7 5 +2
Communist Party 15,962 2.6 4 +2
Liberal Democratic Party 10,241 1.7 6 0
Evangelical People's Party 5,726 0.9 0 –1
Young Farmers 27,708 4.5 4
Liberal Socialist Party 10,865 1.8
Other parties 2,665 0.4
Invalid/blank votes 21,332
Total 639,865 100 187 0
Registered voters/turnout 861,266 74.3
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Council of the States[edit]

In several cantons the members of the Council of the States were chosen by the cantonal parliaments.[4]

Party Seats +/–
Swiss Conservative People's Party 18 –1
Free Democratic Party 14 –1
Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents 4 +1
Social Democratic Party 3 0
Liberal Democratic Party 2 0
Social-Political Group 0 0
Other parties 3 +1
Total 44 0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1895 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1953
  3. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1948
  4. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1956