Japanese general election, 1903

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Results of the Japanese General Elections, 1903
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General elections were held in Japan on 1 March 1903.[1] The Rikken Seiyūkai party remained the largest in the House of Representatives, winning 175 of the 376 seats, but lost its majority.

Electoral system[edit]

The 376 members of the House of Representatives were elected in 51 multi-member constituencies based on prefectures and cities. Voting was restricted to men aged over 25 who paid at least 10 yen a year in direct taxation.[2]

Campaign[edit]

A total of 537 candidates contested the 376 seats.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Rikken Seiyūkai 373,022 45.6 175 –16
Kensei Hontō 218,689 26.7 85 –10
Chusei Club 37,070 4.5 31 New
Teikokutō 34,811 4.3 17 0
Seiyu Club 24,129 2.9 13 New
Jinin Kai 2,748 0.3 0 –28
Doshi Club 1,517 0.2 0 –13
Others 129,313 15.4 55 +23
Invalid/blank votes 7,527
Total 825,826 100 376 0
Registered voters/turnout 958,322 86.2
Source: Mackie & Rose, Voice Japan

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan, p281
  2. ^ Mackie & Rose, p276