Austrian legislative election, 1959

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Parliamentary elections were held in Austria on 10 May 1959.[1] Although the Social Democratic Party received the most votes, the Austrian People's Party retained a bare one-seat plurality. The Communist Party of Austria lost its remaining three seats and has not returned to the National Council since. Voter turnout was 94.2%.[2] The grand coalition that had governed the country since 1945 remained in office, with People's Party leader Julius Raab as Chancellor and Socialist leader Bruno Pittermann as Vice-Chancellor.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Socialist Party of Austria 1,953,935 44.8 78 +4
Austrian People's Party 1,928,043 44.2 79 –3
Freedom Party of Austria 336,110 7.7 8 +2
Communists and Left Socialists 142,578 3.3 0 –3
League of Democratic Socialists 2,190 0.1 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 61,802
Total 4,424,658 100 165 0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular vote
SPÖ
  
44.78%
ÖVP
  
44.19%
FPÖ
  
7.70%
KuL
  
3.27%
BDS
  
0.05%
Parliamentary seats
ÖVP
  
47.88%
SPÖ
  
47.27%
FPÖ
  
4.85%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, Dieter; Stöver, Philip (31 May 2010). Elections in Europe: A data handbook. Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft. p. 196. ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7. 
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p214