Belgian general election, 1939

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Belgian general election, 1939
Belgium
← 1936 2 April 1939 1946 →

All 202 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
All 101 seats in the Senate
Hubert Pierlot, Catholic Prime Minister

General elections were held in Belgium on 2 April 1939.[1] The result was a victory for the Catholic Party, which won 67 of the 202 seats in the Chamber of Representatives. Voter turnout was 93.3%.[2]

On 22 February 1939, the Pierlot Government succeeded the Spaak Government. The Government was in a political crisis caused by, among other things, the Martens Affair. As the Pierlot Government fell as well and the ministers failed to form a stable government, King Leopold III insisted on a dissolution of parliament, but the council of ministers refused due to fear for electoral losses. It was not Prime Minister Pierlot, but the Minister of the Interior who provided the required contreseing of the royal order of 6 March 1939 which dissolved the Chambers and triggered the snap elections.

After the election, Pierlot continued as Prime Minister. The elections were the last ones before the Second World War.

Results[edit]

Chamber of Representatives[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Catholic Party 594,133 30.38 67 +6
Belgian Labour Party 575,775 29.44 64 –6
Liberal Party 335,966 17.18 33 +10
Flemish National Union 164,253 8.40 17 +1
Communist Party of Belgium 90,856 4.65 9 0
Rexist Party 83,047 4.25 4 –17
Catholic Flemish People's Party 62,548 3.20 6 New
Technocrat Party 10,843 0.55 1 New
Anc. Combat./Oudstrijder 10,630 0.54 1 New
Heimattreue Front 8,057 0.41 0 New
Walloon Party 7,370 0.38 0 New
Afgescheurde Socialists 5,136 0.26 0 New
Afgescheurde Liberals 4,228 0.22 0 New
Action Soc. Rév. - Rev 2,119 0.11 0 New
Lahaut List 367 0.02 0 New
Liste De Keyser (Tchno) 343 0.02 0 New
Walloon Dissident Party 317 0.02 0 New
Verbist 195 0.01 0 New
Independents 91 0.00 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 151,342
Total 2,107,156 100 202 0
Registered voters/turnout 2,667,341 79.00
Source: Belgian Elections

Senate[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Catholic Party 703,250 30.71 35 +1
Belgian Labour Party 701,552 30.64 35 –4
Liberal Party 402,326 17.57 16 +5
Flemish National Union 177,666 7.76 8 +3
Communist Party of Belgium 115,308 5.04 3 –1
Rexist Party 94,543 4.13 1 –7
Catholic Flemish People's Party 62,976 2.75 3 New
Independents 32,209 1.41 0
Invalid/blank votes 199,033
Total 2,488,863 100 101 0
Registered voters/turnout 2,667,341 93.31
Source: Belgian elections

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p289 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p290