Belgian general election, 1936

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Belgian general election, 1936
Belgium
← 1932 24 May 1936 1939 →

All 202 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
All 101 seats in the Senate
Prime Minister Paul van Zeeland

General elections were held in Belgium on 24 May 1936.[1] The result was a victory for the Belgian Labour Party, which won 70 of the 202 seats in the Chamber of Representatives and 39 of the 101 seats in the Senate.[2] Voter turnout was 94.7%.[3]

Despite the rise of far-right and far-left parties, Paul van Zeeland continued as Prime Minister leading a government of national unity, composed of the three major parties (Catholics, Socialists and Liberals).

Results[edit]

Chamber of Representatives[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Belgian Labour Party 758,485 32.1 70 –3
Catholic Party 653,717 27.7 61 –18
Liberal Party 292,970 12.4 23 –1
Rexist Party 271,481 11.5 21 New
Flemish National Union 166,737 7.1 16 +8
Communist Party of Belgium 143,223 6.1 9 +6
Catholic Dissidents 75,823 3.2 2 +2
Other parties 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 167,830
Total 2,511,266 100 202 +15
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Senate[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Belgian Labour Party 769,498 33.5 39 0
Catholic Party 667,739 29.0 34 –8
Liberal Party 297,280 12.9 11 0
Rexist Party 250,272 10.9 8 New
Flemish National Union 160,212 7.0 5 +4
Communist Party of Belgium 110,855 0.8 4 +4
Christene Volkspartij 19,477 0.8 0 0
Other parties 24,175 1.2 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 211,750
Total 2,511,258 100 101 +8
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Constituencies[edit]

The distribution of seats among the electoral districts of the Chamber of Representatives was as follows.[4] Several arrondissements got one or more additional seats. Roeselare-Tielt lost one seat, which was a rare occurrence since population generally increased throughout the Belgian territory with each census.

Province Arrondissement(s) Seats Change
Antwerp Antwerp 18 +3
Mechelen 6 +1
Turnhout 5 +1
Limburg Hasselt 4 +1
Tongeren-Maaseik 5 +1
East Flanders Aalst 6 +1
Oudenaarde 3
Gent-Eeklo 12
Dendermonde 4
Sint-Niklaas 4
West Flanders Bruges 4
Roeselare-Tielt 4 –1
Kortrijk 6 +1
Ypres 3
Veurne-Diksmuide-Ostend 5
Brabant Leuven 7
Brussels 30 +4
Nivelles 5 +1
Hainaut Tournai-Ath 6
Charleroi 11
Thuin 4 +1
Mons 7
Soignies 3
Liège Huy-Waremme 4
Liège 14 +1
Verviers 5
Luxembourg Arlon-Marche-Bastogne 3
Neufchâteau-Virton 3
Namur Namur 5
Dinant-Philippeville 4
Total 202 +15

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, pp308-310
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p290
  4. ^ List of members of the Chamber of Representatives (1936)