Belgian general election, 1857

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Belgian general election, 1857
Belgium
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All 108 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
55 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Party Liberal Catholic
Last election 45 seats 63 seats
Seats won 70 38
Seat change Increase25 Decrease25
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General elections were held in Belgium on 10 December 1857,[1][2] the first full general elections since 1848.[3] The elections were called by royal order of 12 November 1857, dissolving the Chamber of Representatives that had convened in a new session only two days earlier.

In the elections for the Chamber of Representatives the result was a victory for the Liberal Party, which won 70 of the 108 seats.[2] Voter turnout was 79.3%,[3] although only 90,543 people (2% of the country's population) were eligible to vote.[2]

Campaign[edit]

Twelve of the 108 seats were uncontested, of which the Liberals won three and the Catholics nine.[3]

Results[edit]

Chamber of Representatives[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Liberal Party 39,280 54.7 70 +25
Catholics 32,503 45.3 38 –25
Invalid/blank votes 4,436
Total 76,219 100 108 0
Registered voters/turnout 40,435 69.1
Source: Mackie & Rose,[3] Sternberger et al

References[edit]

  1. ^ Codebook Constituency-level Elections Archive, 2003
  2. ^ a b c Sternberger, D, Vogel, B & Nohlen, D (1969) Die Wahl der Parlamente: Band I: Europa - Erster Halbband, p105
  3. ^ a b c d Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan, p46