Belgian general election, 1880

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Belgian general election, 1880
Belgium
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66 of the 132 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
67 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Party Liberal Catholic
Last election 72 seats 60 seats
Seats won 74 58
Seat change Increase2 Decrease2
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Partial general elections were held in Belgium on 8 June 1880.[1][2] In the elections for the Chamber of Representatives the result was a victory for the Liberal Party, which won 74 of the 132 seats.[2] Voter turnout was 67.2%, although only 62,936 people were eligible to vote.

Under the alternating system, elections were only held in five out of the nine provinces: Antwerp, Brabant, Luxembourg, Namur and West Flanders.

A special election was held on 21 August 1880 to elect a representative for the arrondissement of Oudenaarde following the death of Auguste Devos on 21 July 1880. Florent De Bleeckere was elected to succeed him.

Results[edit]

Chamber of Representatives[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Won Total +/–
Liberal Party 21,283 50.3 26 74 +2
Catholic Party 20,700 48.9 40 58 –2
Others 318 0.8 0 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 3,486
Total 45,787 100 66 132 0
Registered voters/turnout 62,936 67.2
Source: Mackie & Rose,[3] Sternberger et al

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. ^ Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan, pp48–49