The incumbent Flemish Government consisted of the Christian democrats (CVP) and the Socialist Party (SP), led by Minister-President Luc Van den Brande (CVP). Following this election, a government was formed without the Christian democrats. New Minister-President Patrick Dewael (VLD) led a "purple-green-yellow" coalition of his own liberal VLD, the Socialist Party (SP), Agalev and the nationalist Volksunie-ID. This change mirrored what happened on the federal level, where the Dehaene Government was succeeded by the Verhofstadt Government.
Also notable was the continuation of the rise of Vlaams Blok, especially in the constituency of Antwerp where Filip Dewinter was candidate and where the party received 25% of the votes, or as much as 30% in the city of Antwerp itself.
Others (parties and candidates that received less than 1% of the vote and no seats)
Blank and invalid votes
Electorate (eligible voters) and voter turnout
Notes: FLA = Flanders, BRU = Brussels (Capital Region), TOT = total / * = The number of registered voters is not known for the constituency to elect the Brussels Members of the Flemish Council (BMFC).
Consequently, the number of registered voters and the turnout for the Flemish Council considers only the 5 provincial constituencies, excluding the constituency BMFC.
These were only the second direct election for the Flemish Parliament, but the last to use arrondissement-based constituencies. They were merged into provincial constituencies starting from the 2004 election.