Belgian general election, 1892

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Belgian general election, 1892
Belgium
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All 152 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
77 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Party Catholic Liberal
Last election 94 seats 44 seats
Seats won 92 60
Seat change Decrease2 Increase16

Government before election

Beernaert Government
Catholic

Elected Government

Beernaert Government
Catholic

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General elections were held in Belgium on Tuesday 14 June 1892,[1][2] the first full general elections since 1870 and the last before the introduction of universal male suffrage prior to the 1894 elections. The result was a victory for the Catholic Party, which won 92 of the 152 seats in the Chamber of Representatives and 46 of the 76 seats in the Senate.[2] Only 2.2% of the country's population were eligible to vote.[2]

Run-off elections were held on Tuesday 21 June 1892 in the arrondissements of Mons, Tournai, Verviers, Nivelles and Charleroi as no candidate received a majority there.[3]

Results[edit]

Chamber of Representatives[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Catholic Party 56,199 53.7 92 –2
Liberal Party 47,518 45.4 60 +16
Belgian Labour Party 167 0.2 0 0
Others 844 0.8 0 0
Invalid/blank votes
Total 104,728 100 152 +14
Registered voters/turnout 136,707
Source: Mackie & Rose,[4] Sternberger et al

Senate[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Catholic Party 46 –1
Liberal Party 30 +12
Total 76 +7
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:[5]

Province Arrondissement Seats Change
Antwerp Antwerp 11 +3
Mechelen 4 +1
Turnhout 3
Limburg Hasselt 3 +1
Maaseik 1
Tongeren 2
East Flanders Aalst 4
Oudenaarde 3
Gent 9 +1
Eeklo 1
Dendermonde 3
Sint-Niklaas 4 +1
West Flanders Bruges 3
Roeselare 2
Tielt 2
Kortrijk 4
Ypres 3
Veurne 1
Diksmuide 1
Ostend 2 +1
Brabant Leuven 6 +1
Brussels 18 +2
Nivelles 4
Hainaut Tournai 4
Ath 2
Charleroi 8 +1
Thuin 3
Mons 6
Soignies 3
Liège Huy 2
Waremme 2
Liège 11 +2
Verviers 4
Luxembourg Arlon 1
Marche 1
Bastogne 1
Neufchâteau 1
Virton 1
Namur Namur 4
Dinant 2
Philippeville 2
152 +14

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. ^ Opening session of 12 July 1892
  4. ^ Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan, pp50–51
  5. ^ List of members of the Chamber of Representatives (1892-1893)