Belgian general election, 1961

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Belgian general election, 1961
Belgium
← 1958 26 March 1961 1965 →

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General elections were held in Belgium on 26 March 1961.[1] The result was a victory for the Christian Social Party, which won 96 of the 212 seats in the Chamber of Representatives and 47 of the 106 seats in the Senate.[2] Voter turnout was 92.3%.[3] Elections for the nine provincial councils were also held.

Prior to the elections, the centre-right government of the Christian Social and Liberal Party led by Gaston Eyskens pushed through austerity measures with a law known as the Eenheidswet or Loi Unique, despite heavy strikes in the preceding weeks, especially in Wallonia. After the elections, the Christian Democrats formed a new government with the Socialist Party instead of the Liberal Party, with Théo Lefèvre as Prime Minister.

Results[edit]

Chamber of Deputies[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Christian Social Party 2,182,642 41.46 96 –8
Belgian Socialist Party 1,933,424 36.72 84 –4
Liberal Party 649,376 12.33 20 0
People's Union 182,407 3.46 5 +4
Communist Party of Belgium 162,238 3.08 5 +3
National Rally 42,450 0.81 1 New
Independent Party 33,174 0.63 0 New
National Union of Independents 12,252 0.23 0 New
National Party 4,375 0.08 0 New
Liberal Dissidents 3,956 0.08 0 New
Walloon Unity 3,466 0.07 0 New
Alleenstaande 3,101 0.06 0 New
Zelfstandig 2,307 0.04 0 New
Francophone Bloc 1,824 0.03 0 New
Gekavemus 604 0.01 0 New
Independent Workers 551 0.01 0 New
Universal People 480 0.01 0 New
EC Group 154 0.00 0 New
Independents 46,244 0.88 1
Invalid/blank votes 308,815
Total 5,573,840 100 212 0
Registered voters/turnout 6,036,165 92.34
Source: Belgian Elections

Senate[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Christian Social Party 2,200,323 42.12 47 –6
Belgian Socialist Party 1,924,605 36.84 45 +5
Liberal Party 637,922 12.20 11 +1
Communist Party of Belgium 163,576 3.13 1 0
People's Union 159,096 3.05 2 +2
National Movement 26,211 0.65 0 New
Independent Party 21,421 0.41 0 New
National Union of Independents 21,421 0.41 0 New
Liberal Dissidents 7,711 0.15 0 New
National Rally 5,425 0.10 0 New
National Party 4,457 0.09 0 New
Walloon Unity 3,478 0.07 0 New
Francophone Bloc 1,947 0.04 0 New
Independents 36,646 0.70 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 349,475
Total 5,573,982 100 106 0
Registered voters/turnout 6,036,165 92.34
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, pp309-311
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p291