Dutch general election, 1948

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Dutch general election, 1948
Netherlands
← 1946 7 July 1948 1952 →

All 100 seats to the House of Representatives
51 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 93.7%
  First party Second party Third party
  Carl Romme Willem Drees Jan Schouten
Leader Carl Romme Willem Drees Jan Schouten
Party KVP PvdA ARP
Leader since 1946 1946 1945
Last election 32 seats, 30.8% 29 seats, 28.3% 13 seats, 12.9%
Seats won 32 27 13
Seat change Steady Decrease2 Steady
Popular vote 1,531,154 1,263,058 651,612
Percentage 31.0% 25.6% 13.2%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Hendrik Willem Tilanus Pieter Oud Paul de Groot
Leader Hendrik Tilanus Pieter Oud Paul de Groot
Party CHU VVD CPN
Leader since 1939 1948 1945
Last election 8 seats, 7.8% 6 seats, 6.4% 10 seats, 10.6%
Seats won 9 8 8
Seat change Increase1 Increase2 Decrease2
Popular vote 453,226 391,925 382,001
Percentage 9.2% 8.0% 7.7%

  Seventh party Eighth party
  Pieter Zandt Charles Welter
Leader Pieter Zandt Charles Welter
Party SGP KNP
Leader since 1945 1948
Last election 2 seats, 2.1% new party
Seats won 2 1
Seat change Steady Increase1
Popular vote 116,937 62,376
Percentage 2.4% 1.3%

Prime Minister before election

Louis Beel
KVP

Prime Minister

Willem Drees
PvdA

General elections were held in the Netherlands on 7 July 1948.[1] The Catholic People's Party remained the largest party in the House of Representatives, winning 32 of the 100 seats.[2]

Following the elections, a broad four-party coalition government was formed between the Catholic People's Party, Labour Party, Christian Historical Union and People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. Combined these parties held 76% of the available seats in parliament.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Catholic People's Party 1,531,154 31.0 32 0
Labour Party 1,263,058 25.6 27 –2
Anti Revolutionary Party 651,612 13.2 13 0
Christian Historical Union 453,226 9.2 9 +1
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 391,925 7.9 8 +2
Communist Party of the Netherlands 382,001 7.7 8 –2
Reformed Political Party 116,937 2.4 2 0
Catholic National Party 62,376 1.3 1 New
Middle Class Party 40,949 0.8 0 New
Independent National Group 22,175 0.5 0 New
Old SDAP/Progressive Party for the World Government 15,322 0.3 0 New
Revolutionary Communist Party 2,224 0.1 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 156,623
Total 5,089,582 100 100 0
Registered voters/turnout 5,433,663 93.7
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, Directory of small political parties 1918-1967
Popular Vote
KVP
  
31.04%
PvdA
  
25.60%
ARP
  
13.21%
CHU
  
9.19%
VVD
  
7.95%
CPN
  
7.74%
SGP
  
2.37%
KNP
  
1.26%
Other
  
1.64%

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