Dutch general election, 1956

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Dutch general election, 1956
Netherlands
← 1952 13 June 1956 1959 →

All 150 seats to the House of Representatives
76 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 95.5%
  First party Second party Third party
  Willem Drees Carl Romme Jelle Zijlstra
Leader Willem Drees Carl Romme Jelle Zijlstra
Party PvdA KVP ARP
Leader since 1948 1946 1956
Last election 30 seats, 29.0% 30 seats, 28.7% 12 seats, 11.3%
Seats won 50 49 15
Seat change Increase20 Increase19 Increase3
Popular vote 1,872,209 1,815,310 567,535
Percentage 32.7% 31.7% 9.9%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Pieter Oud Henk Beernink Paul de Groot
Leader Pieter Oud Hendrik Tilanus Paul de Groot
Party VVD CHU CPN
Leader since 1948 1939 1946
Last election 9 seats, 8.8% 9 seats, 8.9% 6 seats, 6.2%
Seats won 13 13 7
Seat change Increase4 Increase4 Increase1
Popular vote 502,530 482,918 272,054
Percentage 8.8% 8.4% 4.7%

  Seventh party
  Pieter Zandt cropped.PNG
Leader Pieter Zandt
Party SGP
Leader since 1945
Last election 2 seats, 2.4%
Seats won 3
Seat change Increase1
Popular vote 129,517
Percentage 2.3%

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Seats

Prime Minister before election

Willem Drees
PvdA

Prime Minister

Willem Drees
PvdA

General elections were held in the Netherlands on 13 June 1956.[1] For the first time, the Labour Party (PvdA) emerged as the largest party, winning 50 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives.[2]

The elections led to the continuation of the four-party coalition government, consisting of the PvdA, Catholic People's Party, Anti-Revolutionary Party and Christian Historical Union.

Electoral system[edit]

Prior to the elections the number of seats in the House of Representatives was raised from 100 to 150.[3] This meant that the electoral threshold was reduced from 1% to 0.67%.[3]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Labour Party 1,872,209 32.7 50 +20
Catholic People's Party 1,815,310 31.7 49 +19
Anti-Revolutionary Party 567,535 9.9 15 +3
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 502,530 8.8 13 +4
Christian Historical Union 482,918 8.4 13 +4
Communist Party of the Netherlands 272,054 4.7 7 +1
Reformed Political Party 129,517 2.3 3 +1
Reformed Political League 85,669 1.6 0 0
National Union 0 New
National Opposition Union 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 121,910
Total 5,849,652 100 150 +50
Registered voters/turnout 6,152,210 95.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular Vote
PvdA
  
32.69%
KVP
  
31.69%
ARP
  
9.91%
VVD
  
8.77%
CHU
  
8.43%
CPN
  
4.75%
SGP
  
2.26%
GPV
  
0.65%
Other
  
0.85%

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
  3. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1385