Swiss federal election, 1959

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Federal elections were held in Switzerland on 25 October 1959.[1] The Social Democratic Party and the Free Democratic Party emerged as the largest parties in the National Council, each winning 51 of the 196 seats.[2]

Results[edit]

National Council[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party 259,139 26.4 51 –2
Free Democratic Party 232,557 23.7 51 +1
Conservative Christian Social Party 229,088 23.3 47 0
Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents 113,611 11.6 23 +1
Ring of Independents 54,049 5.5 10 0
Swiss Party of Labour 26,346 2.7 3 –1
Liberal Democratic Party 22,934 2.3 5 0
Social-Political Group 21,170 2.2 4 0
Evangelical People's Party 14,038 1.4 2 +1
Other parties 9,438 1.0 0
Invalid/blank votes 26,193
Total 1,008,563 100 196 0
Registered voters/turnout 1,473,155 68.5
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.[3]

Party Seats +/–
Conservative Christian Social Party 17 0
Free Democratic Party 13 +1
Social Democratic Party 4 –1
Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents 3 0
Liberal Democratic Party 3 0
Social-Political Group 1 –1
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, p1954
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1956