Belgian general election, 1830

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Elections to the temporary National Congress were held in Belgium on 3 November 1830, following the declaration of independence from the Netherlands.[1] The elections were held using a modified form of the Dutch system, as defined by the Orders of the Provisional Government of 10 October and 12 October 1830. 200 members were elected by plurality in constituencies of varying sizes, and suffrage was restricted to taxpaying men over the age of 25, with a higher tax threshold in urban areas than rural ones.[1] Although clergy and academics were exempt from the restrictions, only around 1% of the country's population was eligible to vote.[1]

The Constitution adopted in February 1831 instituted a bicameral parliament, for which first elections were held one year later.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p282 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7