Belgian general election, 1902

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Belgian general election, 1902

← 1900 25 May 1902 1904 →

85+6 of 166 seats in the Chamber of Representatives

Partial general elections were held in Belgium on 25 May 1902.[1] The result was a victory for the Catholic Party, which won 54 of the 85 seats up for election in the Chamber of Representatives.[2] Voter turnout was 95.7%.[3]

Under the alternating system, elections were only held in five out of the nine provinces: Antwerp, Brabant, Luxembourg, Namur and West Flanders. In addition to the regular elections for these 85 seats, elections were held for one seat (6 in total) in Ghent-Eeklo, Aalst, Soignies, Charleroi, Liège and Verviers because the number of representatives increased for these electoral arrondissements following the population census.

A month earlier, a general strike was held, aimed at forcing electoral reform and notably the end of the system of plural voting. However, it was unsuccessful. The Catholic Party, being against reform, even strengthened their majority in the elections.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Catholic Party 596,382 56.0 54
Liberal Party 266,891 25.1 20
Belgian Labour Party 159,370 15.0 10
Christene Volkspartij 26,435 2.5 1
Other parties 15,848 1.5 0
Invalid/blank votes 38,642
Total 1,103,568 100 85
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Constituencies[edit]

The distribution of seats among the electoral districts was as follows.[4] Several arrondissements got one or more additional seats, following the population census.

Province Arrondissement(s) Seats Change
Antwerp Antwerp 13 +2
Mechelen 4
Turnhout 3
Limburg Hasselt 3
Tongeren-Maaseik 3
East Flanders Aalst 5 +1
Oudenaarde 3
Gent-Eeklo 11 +1
Dendermonde 3
Sint-Niklaas 4
West Flanders Bruges 4 +1
Roeselare-Tielt 4
Kortrijk 5 +1
Ypres 3
Veurne-Diksmuide-Ostend 4
Brabant Leuven 6
Brussels 21 +3
Nivelles 4
Hainaut Tournai-Ath 6
Charleroi 9 +1
Thuin 3
Mons 6
Soignies 3 +1
Liège Huy-Waremme 4
Liège 12 +1
Verviers 5 +1
Luxembourg Arlon-Marche-Bastogne 3
Neufchâteau-Virton 2
Namur Namur 5
Dinant-Philippeville 4
Total 166 +14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, Dieter; Stöver, Philip (31 May 2010). Elections in Europe: A data handbook. Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft. p. 289. ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7. 
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p308
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p295
  4. ^ List of members of the Chamber of Representatives (1920-1921)