Belgian general election, 1914
88 of the 186 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
The Catholics had formed the government continuously since 1884; the incumbent de Broqueville government was in office since 1911.
Under the alternating system, elections were only held in four out of the nine provinces: Hainaut, Limburg, Liège and East Flanders. This was the last time this system was applied, as the next elections in 1919 saw the introduction of full four-year terms.
The elections occurred shortly before the outbreak of World War I. The newly elected legislature met for just one day in a special session: on 4 August 1914, when King Albert I addressed the United Chambers of Parliament upon the German invasion of Belgium. The parliament met again after the war in November 1918.
|Belgian Labour Party||404,701||30.3||26||+1|
|Source: Nohlen & Stöver|
Seats up for election
Seats in the provinces of Antwerp, Brabant, Luxembourg, Namur and West Flanders were not up for election.
Apart from the re-elected members, the following six members were newly elected:
- Paul Van Hoegaerden-Braconier (liberal), elected in Liège to replace Charles Van Marcke de Lummen (liberal), who did not seek re-election.
- Alfred Journez (liberal), elected in Liège to replace Ferdinand Fléchet (liberal), who was not a candidate due to health reasons.
- Paul-Emile Janson (liberal), elected in Tournai to replace Albert Asou (liberal), who did not seek re-election to the Chamber.
- Paul Neven (liberal), elected in Tongeren-Maaseik to replace Auguste Van Ormelingen (catholic).
- Clément Peten (liberal), elected in Hasselt to replace Albert de Menten de Horne (catholic).
- Joseph Wauters (socialist), elected in Huy-Waremme to replace Jules Giroul (liberal).