Belgian general election, 1914

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Belgian general election, 1914
Belgium
← 1912 24 May 1914 1919 →

88 of the 186 seats in the Chamber of Representatives

Government before election

De Broqueville I
Catholic

Elected Government

De Broqueville I
Catholic

Prime Minister Charles de Broqueville

Partial general elections were held in Belgium on 24 May 1914.[1] The result was a victory for the Catholic Party, which won 41 of the 88 seats up for election in the Chamber of Representatives.[2]

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.

Results[edit]

Party Votes  % Seats Change
Catholic Party 570,806 42.8 41 –2
Belgian Labour Party 404,701 30.3 26 +1
Liberal Party 326,922 24.5 20 +1
Christene Volkspartij 22,619 1.7 1 0
Other parties 9,933 0.8 0 0
Invalid/blank votes
Total 1,334,581 100 88 88
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Seats up for election[edit]

Seats in the provinces of Antwerp, Brabant, Luxembourg, Namur and West Flanders were not up for election.

Province Arrondissement(s) Chamber
Limburg Hasselt 3
Tongeren-Maaseik 4
East Flanders Aalst 5
Oudenaarde 3
Gent-Eeklo 12
Dendermonde 4
Sint-Niklaas 4
Hainaut Tournai-Ath 6
Charleroi 11
Thuin 3
Mons 7
Soignies 4
Liège Huy-Waremme 4
Liège 13
Verviers 5
Total 88

Elected members[edit]

Apart from the re-elected members, the following six members were newly elected:

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