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, whereby 200 members were elected by plurality in constituencies of varying sizes.[1] 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 d Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p282 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7