Assembly of Representatives election, 1925

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Elections to the Assembly of Representatives were held in Mandate Palestine on 6 December 1925. Around half the votes went to parties associated with trade unions.[1] Ahdut HaAvoda remained the largest party in the Assembly.

Electoral system[edit]

Following the 1920 elections, debate continued on the issue of women's suffrage.[2] In 1923 Mizrachi called for a men-only referendum on whether women should be entitled to vote, and threatened to withdraw from the Yishuv if one was not held.[2] The Jewish National Council agreed to hold one on 8 November 1925, but with female participation.[2] This led to Agudat Yisrael calling for a boycott.[2] In response, Mizrachi and the Jewish National Council agreed to cancel the referendum.[2]

The number of eligible voters rose from around 26,000 to 64,764.[3][4] However, turnout was only around 57%.[4] This was put down to an Agudat Yisrael boycott, several delays in holding the election, and the unfamiliarity of some women with voting.[4]

The number of seats was reduced from 314 to 221.[3][4]


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Ahdut HaAvoda 8,834 54 –16
Hapoel Hatzair 5,337 30 –11
HaSephardim 19 –35
Revisionists 15 New
Hebrew Women's Association 13 New
Agricultural Bloc 9 New
Democrat's Association 9 New
Mizrachi 7 –2
Centre List 6 New
National Citizens 6 New
Ma'amad Hapoalim 1,028 6 New
Hapoel HaMizrachi 6 New
Hapoel HaMizrachi HaMeuhad 4 New
Polish Immigrants List 4 New
Valley Kibbutzim List 2 New
Safed Municipality List 2 New
HaMerkaz HaHakla'i 1 New
Galilee Farmers Association 1 New
Eastern Farmers Association 1 New
Georgian's List 1 New
Hebrew Women's Popular list 1 New
Givat HaRambam list 1 New
Young Mizrachi List 1 –1
Craftsmen's Centre 1 –5
Bnei Brak Residents' List 1 New
Unknown 20
Total 35,987 100 221 –93
Registered voters/turnout 64,764
Source: Mackie & Rose[5]


  1. ^ "Palestine Parties" The Times, 18 December 1925, p13, Issue 44148
  2. ^ a b c d e Zalman Abramov (1976) Perpetual dilemma: Jewish religion in the Jewish State Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, p108
  3. ^ a b Abramov, p90
  4. ^ a b c d Abramov, p109
  5. ^ Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan, p243 (vote figures)