1975 Romanian legislative election

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1975 Romanian legislative election

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All 349 seats in the Great National Assembly
  Majority party
  Nicolae Ceaușescu.jpg
Leader Nicolae Ceaușescu
Party PCR
Alliance Front of Socialist Unity
Seats won 349
Seat change Decrease 116
Popular vote 14,894,185

Prime Minister before election

Manea Mănescu
PCR

Elected Prime Minister

Manea Mănescu
PCR

Parliamentary elections were held in Romania on 9 March 1975.[1] The Front of Socialist Unity, dominated by the Romanian Communist Party and including other mass organisations, was the only organisation that contested the election.[2] No prospective candidate could run for office without the Front's approval.[3] The Front won all 349 seats in the Great National Assembly.[4]

Electoral system[edit]

These were the first elections held after a constitutional amendment in 1974, which reduced the number of seats in the Assembly from 465 to 349 and extended its term from four to five years.[5] Candidates were elected in single member constituencies, and had to receive over 50% of the vote.[5] If no candidate passed this threshold, or if voter turnout in the constituency was less than 50%, re-runs were held until the requirements were met.[5] Voters had the option of voting against the Front candidates.[2]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Front of Socialist Unity 14,715,539 98.8 349
Against 178,053 1.2
Invalid/blank votes 593
Total 14,894,185 100 349
Registered voters/turnout 14,900,032 100
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1591 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1604
  3. ^ Electoral system. Romania: A country study. Library of Congress Federal Research Division, December 1989.
  4. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1612
  5. ^ a b c Nohlen & Stöver, p1583