Belgian general election, 1882

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Belgian general election, 1882
Belgium
1880 ←
13 June 1882 (1882-06-13) → 1884

69 of the 138 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
70 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Party Liberal Catholic
Last election 74 seats 58 seats
Seats won 79 59
Seat change Increase5 Increase1
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Partial general elections were held in Belgium on 13 June 1882.[1][2] The result was a victory for the Liberal Party, which won 79 of the 138 seats in the Chamber of Representatives and 37 of the 69 seats in the Senate.[2] Voter turnout was 75.1%, although only 55,517 people were eligible to vote.

Under the alternating system, elections for the Chamber of Representatives were only held in four out of the nine provinces: Hainaut, Limburg, Liège and East Flanders. Special elections were also held in the arrondissements of Antwerp, Philippeville (replacing Georges de Baillet Latour), Brussels, Nivelles and Namur.

Run-off elections were held a week later, on 20 June 1882.

A special election was also held in Liège on 16 October 1882 following the death of Dieudonné Mouton on 17 September.

Results[edit]

Chamber of Representatives[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Won Total +/–
Liberal Party 22,001 52.8 49 79 +5
Catholic Party 19,681 47.2 20 59 +1
Others 7 0.0 0 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 4,987
Total 46,676 100 69 138 +6
Registered voters/turnout 55,517 75.1
Source: Mackie & Rose,[3] Sternberger et al

Senate[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Liberal Party 37
Catholic Party 32
Total 69
Source: 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 8 +1
Mechelen 3
Turnhout 3
Limburg Hasselt 2
Maaseik 1
Tongeren 2
East Flanders Aalst 4 +1
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 5
Brussels 16 +2
Nivelles 4
Hainaut Tournai 4
Ath 2
Charleroi 7
Thuin 3
Mons 6 +1
Soignies 3
Liège Huy 2
Waremme 2
Liège 9 +1
Verviers 4
Luxembourg Arlon 1
Marche 1
Bastogne 1
Neufchâteau 1
Virton 1
Namur Namur 4
Dinant 2
Philippeville 2
138 +6

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
  4. ^ List of members of the Chamber of Representatives (1882-1883)