Belgian general election, 1971

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Belgian general election, 1971

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212 seats in the Chamber of Representatives


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Colours denote the winning party in each electoral district (for the Chamber of Deputies).
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General elections were held in Belgium on 7 November 1971.[1] The result was a victory for the Christian People's Party, which won 40 of the 212 seats in the Chamber of Representatives and 34 of the 106 seats in the Senate. Voter turnout was 91.5%.[2] Elections to the nine provincial councils were also held.

The linguistic issues led to the splitting of the major parties into separate Flemish and Francophone parties. Consequently the election returned a very fragmented parliament.

The election followed the first state reform, with the creation of three cultural communities. The newly elected members of parliament would thus also serve in the newly established cultural councils.

Results[edit]

Chamber of Representatives[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Christian People's Party (CVP) 967,701 18.32 40 New
Belgian Socialist Party (Flanders) (BSP) 623,395 11.80 25 New
People's Union (Volksunie) 586,917 11.11 21 +1
Belgian Socialist Party (Wallonia) (PSB) 549,483 10.40 25 New
Party for Freedom and Progress (PVV) 392,130 7.42 16 New
Christian Social Party (PSC) 327,393 6.20 15 New
Walloon Rally (RW) 306,606 5.81 12 +6
PSC-CVP 292,101 5.53 12 −57
FDF-RW 286,639 5.43 12 New
Party for Freedom and Progress (Wallonia) (PLP) 275,776 5.22 11 New
Belgian Socialist Party (Brussels) 162,852 3.08 7 New
PVV/PLP 107,615 2.04 4 –43
Red Lions 104,040 1.97 4 +4
Communist Party (Wallonia) (PC) 91,726 1.74 4 New
Party for Freedom and Progress (Brussels) 90,134 1.71 3 New
Communist Party (Flanders) (KP) 67,487 1.28 1 New
LOB-LIB 21,919 0.42 0 New
Onaf Christ 7,801 0.15 0 New
LVV 2,740 0.05 0 New
Trotskyists 2,660 0.05 0 0
Kaganovemus 2,580 0.05 0 New
PCB 2,304 0.04 0 0
Van Meerhage 2,004 0.04 0 New
Z Kleur 1,547 0.03 0 0
DPU 1,534 0.03 0 New
Francophone Party 1,471 0.03 0 New
New Party 899 0.02 0 New
U Verbruik 640 0.01 0 New
Dieferenbes 633 0.01 0 0
De Keyzer 565 0.01 0 New
R D Wal 339 0.01 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 459,637
Total 5,741,268 100 212 0
Source: Belgian Elections

Senate[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
CVP-PSC 1,547,853 29.70 34 +5
Party for Freedom and Progress (PVV-PLP) 776,514 14.90 15 −7
Belgian Socialist Party (Wallonia) (PSB) 710,437 13.63 16 New
Belgian Socialist Party (Flanders) (BSP) 615,805 11.82 6 New
FDF-RW 598,768 11.49 6 +1
People's Union (Volksunie) 592,509 11.37 12 +3
Communist Party of Belgium (KPB-PCB) 106,799 2.05 1 −1
BSPRed Lions 97,371 1.87 0 New
Liberal Democrat and Pluralist Party 81,133 1.56 2 New
UDP 61,616 1.18 0 New
LIB-LOB 15,138 0.29 0 New
Kaganovemus 3,800 0.07 0 0
LVV 3,159 0.06 0 New
Valentyn 513 0.01 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 415,246
Total 5,626,661 100 106 0
Source: Belgian Elections

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p289 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p291