Dutch general election, 1959

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Dutch general election, 1959
Netherlands
← 1956 12 March 1959 1963 →

All 150 seats to the House of Representatives
76 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 95.6%
  First party Second party Third party
  Jan de Quay Jaap Burger Pieter Oud
Leader Jan de Quay Jaap Burger Pieter Oud
Party KVP PvdA VVD
Leader since 1959 1952 1948
Last election 49 seats, 31.7% 50 seats, 32.7% 13 seats, 8.8%
Seats won 49 48 19
Seat change Steady Decrease2 Increase6
Popular vote 1,895,914 1,821,285 732,658
Percentage 31.6% 30.4% 12.2%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Jelle Zijlstra Henk Beernink Paul de Groot
Leader Jelle Zijlstra Henk Beernink Paul de Groot
Party ARP CHU CPN
Leader since 1956 1959 1946
Last election 15 seats, 9.9% 13 seats, 8.4% 7 seats, 4.7%
Seats won 14 12 3
Seat change Decrease1 Decrease1 Decrease4
Popular vote 563,091 486,429 144,542
Percentage 9.4% 8.1% 2.4%

  Seventh party Eighth party
  Pieter Zandt cropped.PNG Henk Lankhorst.PNG
Leader Pieter Zandt Henk Lankhorst
Nico van der Veen
Party SGP PSP
Leader since 1945 1959
Last election 3 seats, 2.3% First Election
Seats won 3 2
Seat change Steady Increase2
Popular vote 129,678 110,499
Percentage 2.2% 1.8%

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Seats

Prime Minister before election

Louis Beel
KVP

Prime Minister

Jan de Quay
KVP

General elections were held in the Netherlands on 12 March 1959.[1] The Catholic People's Party emerged as the largest party, winning 49 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives.[2]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Catholic People's Party 1,895,914 31.6 49 0
Labour Party 1,821,285 30.4 48 –2
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 732,658 12.2 19 +6
Anti Revolutionary Party 563,091 9.4 14 –1
Christian Historical Union 486,429 8.1 12 –1
Communist Party of the Netherlands 144,542 2.4 3 –4
Reformed Political Party 129,678 2.2 3 0
Pacifist Socialist Party 110,499 1.8 2 New
Farmers' Party/Party for Agriculture and the Middle Class 115,435 2.0 0 New
Reformed Political League 0 0
Brug Group 0 New
Positive Christian National Union 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 143,878
Total 6,143,409 100 150 0
Registered voters/turnout 6,427,864 95.6
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular Vote
KVP
  
31.60%
PvdA
  
30.36%
VVD
  
12.21%
ARP
  
9.39%
CHU
  
8.11%
CPN
  
2.41%
SGP
  
2.16%
PSP
  
1.84%
GPV
  
0.67%
BP/PLM
  
0.66%
Other
  
0.60%

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