Austrian legislative election, 1949

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The elections to the Austrian National Council of 1949 were the second nationwide elections in Austria after World War II. About 500,000 registered Nazis, who were not allowed to vote in 1945, regained their voting rights. A newly created party, the Electoral Party of Independents (WdU) (a predecessor of the Freedom Party of Austria) specifically targeted this group of voters and immediately won a large share of votes.[1] The Austrian People's Party remained strongest party, although losing their absolute majority of seats. Leopold Figl stayed as Chancellor, leading a coalition with the Socialist Party of Austria as junior partner.[2]

Results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 9 October 1949 National Council of Austria election results
Parties Votes +/- % +/- Seats +/-
Austrian People's Party (Österreichische Volkspartei) 1,846,581 +244,354 44.03 -5.77 77 -8
Socialist Party of Austria (Sozialistische Partei Österreichs) 1,623,524 +188,626 38.71 -5.89 67 -9
Electoral Party of Independents (Wahlpartei der Unabhängigen) 489,273 * 11.67 * 16 *
Communist Party of Austria and Left Socialists (Kommunistische Partei Österreichs und Linkssozialisten) 213,066 +48,809 5.08 -0.34 5 +1
Democratic Union (Demokratische Union) 12,059 * 0.28 * 0 *
Vierte Partei (Fourth Party) 7,134 * 0.17 * 0 *
Democratic Front of the Working People (Demokraticna fronta delovnegna ljudstva ) 2,088 * 0.05 * 0 *
Democratic Party of Austria 5 * 0.0 * 0 *
Economic Party of House and Property Owners 3 * 0.0 * 0 *
Austrian Patriotic Party 0 * 0.0 * 0 *
Invalid/blank votes 56,883
Total (turnout 96.8%) 4,250,616 100.0 165
Notes: * Did not stand in previous election
Source: Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010). Elections in Europe: A data handbook. p. 213. 
Popular vote
ÖVP
  
44.03%
SPÖ
  
38.71%
VdU
  
11.67%
KuL
  
5.08%
Other
  
0.51%
Parliamentary seats
ÖVP
  
46.67%
SPÖ
  
40.61%
VdU
  
9.70%
KuL
  
3.03%

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