Belgian general election, 1847

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Belgian general election, 1847
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54 of the 108 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
55 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
Party Liberal Catholic
Seats won 55 53

Government before election

de Theux de Meylandt II

Elected Government

Rogier I

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Partial general elections were held in Belgium on 8 June 1847.[1] The result was a victory for the new Liberal Association, which had been formed the previous year.[2] It won 33 seats to the Catholics' 21, as the latter were split into dogmatic and liberal groups.[2] Voter turnout was 77%,[3] although only 1% of the country's population was eligible to vote.[4]

Under the alternating system, Chamber elections were only held in four out of the nine provinces: East Flanders, Hainaut, Liège and Limburg. Thus, 54 of the 108 Chamber seats were up for election. The total number of Chamber seats increased from 98 to 108 following a reapportionment due to population increases.

While the liberals gained a majority in the Chamber, the Catholics retained theirs in the Senate. Following the election, the Catholic government led by Barthélémy de Theux de Meylandt resigned. After a political crisis of two months, a liberal government was formed on 12 August 1847, headed by Charles Rogier. The liberals would go on to win the 1848 elections.


Chamber of Representatives[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Won Total
Liberal Association 9,142 52.1 33 55
Catholics 8,298 47.3 21 53
Others 101 0.6 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 1,365
Total 18,906 100 54 108
Registered voters/turnout 22,572 77.7
Source: Mackie & Rose


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Catholics 32 0
Liberal Association 20 +7
Others 2 0
Total 54 +7
Sternberger et al.


  1. ^ Codebook Constituency-level Elections Archive, 2003
  2. ^ a b Nohlen, Dieter; Stöver, Philip (31 May 2010). Elections in Europe: A data handbook. Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft. p. 270. ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7. 
  3. ^ Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan, p46
  4. ^ Sternberger, D, Vogel, B & Nohlen, D (1969) Die Wahl der Parlamente: Band I: Europa - Erster Halbband, p105