1961 Burundian legislative election

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Parliamentary elections were held in Burundi on 8 September 1961 in order to install a government to rule the country following independence from Belgium on 1 July 1962.[1] The result was a victory for the Union for National Progress, which won over 80% of the vote and 58 of the 64 seats in the National Assembly. Voter turnout was 75.39%.


Party Votes % Seats
Union for National Progress 627,453 81.23 58
Common Front[a] 138,406 17.92 6
Association of the Middle Classes, Clerks, and Intellectuals of Burundi 3,470 0.45 0
Union of People's Parties 2,452 0.32 0
African National Union of Ruanda-Urundi 1,641 0.21 0
Burundi People 1,461 0.19 0
Invalid/blank votes 8,144
Total 783,027 100 64
Registered voters/turnout 1,038,653 75.4
Source: African Elections Database

a The Party of the People won four of the six seats, with the Christian Democratic Party taking the remaining two.[2]


  1. ^ Burundi: 1961 Legislative Assembly election results EISA
  2. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p161 ISBN 0-19-829645-2