Dutch general election, 1946

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Dutch general election, 1946
Netherlands
← 1937 17 May 1946 1948 →

All 100 seats to the House of Representatives
51 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 93.1%
  First party Second party Third party
  Louis Beel Willem Drees Jan Schouten
Leader Louis Beel Willem Drees Jan Schouten
Party KVP PvdA ARP
Leader since not leader 1946 1945
Last election 31 seats, 28.8% 23 seats, 21.9% 17 seats, 16.4%
Seats won 32 29 13
Seat change Increase1 Increase6 Decrease4
Popular vote 1,466,582 1,347,940 614,201
Percentage 30.8% 28.3% 12.9%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Paul de Groot Hendrik Willem Tilanus Steven Bierema
Leader Paul de Groot Hendrik Tilanus Steven Bierema
Party CPN CHU PvdV
Leader since 1945 1939 1946
Last election 3 seats, 3.4% 8 seats, 7.5% 4 seats, 4.0%
Seats won 10 8 6
Seat change Increase7 Steady Increase2
Popular vote 502,963 373,217 305,287
Percentage 10.6% 7.8% 6.4%

  Seventh party
  Pieter Zandt
Leader Pieter Zandt
Party SGP
Leader since 1945
Last election 2 seats, 1.9%
Seats won 2
Seat change Steady
Popular vote 101,759
Percentage 2.1%

Prime Minister before election

Willem Schermerhorn
PvdA

Prime Minister

Louis Beel
KVP

General elections were held in the Netherlands on 17 May 1946,[1] the first after World War II. The Catholic People's Party, a continuation of the pre-war Roman-Catholic State Party, remained the largest party in the House of Representatives, winning 32 of the 100 seats.[2]

Following the elections, the Catholic People's Party formed a grand coalition government with the Labour Party.

Results[edit]

Indicated changes in seats are compared to the Schermerhorn-Drees cabinet appointed by Queen Wilhelmina after World War II.

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Catholic People's Party 1,466,582 30.8 32 +1
Labour Party 1,347,940 28.3 29 –3
Anti Revolutionary Party 614,201 12.9 13 –4
Communist Party of the Netherlands 502,963 10.6 10 +7
Christian Historical Union 373,217 7.8 8 0
Freedom Party 305,287 6.4 6 +2
Reformed Political Party 101,759 2.1 2 0
Protestant Union 32,020 0.7 0 New
Dutch Bellamy Party 11,205 0.2 0 New
Lopes Group 5,537 0.1 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 152,304
Total 4,912,015 100 100 0
Registered voters/turnout 5,275,888 93.1
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, Directory of small political parties 1918-1967
Popular Vote
KVP
  
30.81%
PvdA
  
28.31%
ARP
  
12.90%
CPN
  
10.56%
CHU
  
7.84%
PvdV
  
6.41%
SGP
  
2.14%
Other
  
1.02%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1396 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1413