1909 Qing parliamentary election
98 seats (of 200 seats) to the Advisory Council
The 1909 Qing Imperial Advisory Council election was an indirect election to the first Advisory Council, a preparatory body of the parliament created under the constitutional reform bought by the late Qing dynasty. It was seen as the first popular election in Chinese history.
Originally 100 members, half of the seats in the Council were to be elected by the members of the Provincial Consultative Assemblies, while the other half were appointed by the Emperor. Due to the fact the Provincial Consultative Assembly had not been set up in Sinkiang, the seats were reduced to 98.
- 張朋園 (2007). 中國民主政治的困境. 聯經出版事業公司. p. 63.