Belgian general election, 1859

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Belgian general election, 1859
Belgium
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58 of the 116 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
57 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Party Liberal Catholic
Last election 70 seats 38 seats
Seats won 69 47
Seat change Decrease1 Increase9
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Partial general elections were held in Belgium on 14 June 1859.[1][2] The result was a victory for the Liberal Party, which won 69 of the 116 seats in the Chamber of Representatives and 31 of the 58 seats in the Senate.[2] Voter turnout was 55.9%, although only 49,672 people were eligible to vote.

Under the alternating system, elections for the Chamber of Representatives were only held in five out of the nine provinces: Antwerp, Brabant, Luxembourg, Namur and West Flanders. Additionally, special elections were held on the same day in the arrondissements of Liège and Mons.

Campaign[edit]

Twelve of the 58 seats were uncontested, of which the Catholics won nine and the Liberals three.[3]

Results[edit]

Chamber of Representatives[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Won Total +/–
Liberal Party 15,052 54.2 31 69 –1
Catholics 12,726 45.8 27 47 +9
Invalid/blank votes 10,194
Total 37,972 100 58 116 +8
Registered voters/turnout 49,672 55.9
Source: Mackie & Rose,[3] Sternberger et al

The results exclude the voting figures for the Leper Colony seat.[3]

Senate[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Liberal Party 31
Catholics 27
Total 58
Sternberger et al.

Constituencies[edit]

The distribution of seats among the electoral districts was as follows for the Chamber of Representatives, with the difference compared to the previous election due to population growth:[4]

Province Arrondissement Seats Change
Antwerp Antwerp 6
Mechelen 3
Turnhout 3 +1
Limburg Hasselt 2
Maaseik 1
Tongeren 2
East Flanders Aalst 3
Oudenaarde 3
Gent 8
Eeklo 1
Dendermonde 3
Sint-Niklaas 3
West Flanders Bruges 3
Roeselare 2
Tielt 2
Kortrijk 4
Ypres 3
Veurne 1
Diksmuide 1
Ostend 1
Brabant Leuven 4
Brussels 11 +2
Nivelles 4
Hainaut Tournai 4
Ath 2
Charleroi 4 +1
Thuin 2
Mons 5 +1
Soignies 3
Liège Huy 2
Waremme 1
Liège 7 +2
Verviers 3
Luxembourg Arlon 1
Marche 1
Bastogne 1
Neufchâteau 1
Virton 1
Namur Namur 4 +1
Dinant 2
Philippeville 2
116 +8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Codebook Constituency-level Elections Archive, 2003
  2. ^ a b Sternberger, D, Vogel, B & Nohlen, D (1969) Die Wahl der Parlamente: Band I: Europa - Erster Halbband, p105
  3. ^ a b c Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan, p46
  4. ^ List of members of the Chamber of Representatives (1859)