Latvian parliamentary election, 1922

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Parliamentary elections were held in Latvia on 7 and 8 October 1922.[1] The Latvian Social Democratic Workers' Party remained the largest party, winning 30 of the 100 seats.[2]

Electoral system[edit]

For the elections the country was divided into five constituencies, electing a total of 97 MPs using proportional representation. The three remaining seats were awarded to the parties with the highest vote totals that had failed to win a seat in any of the five constituencies.[3]

The list system used was made flexible, as voters were able to cross out candidates' names and replace them with names from other lists.[3] However, only 19.97% of voters made any changes to the lists.[3] To register a list for the election parties needed only collect 100 signatures.[4] A total of 88 lists registered, but only 43 contested the election.[4] There was no voter roll, but instead passports were used to identify voters.[3]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Latvian Social Democratic Workers' Party 241,947 30.6 30 –27
Latvian Farmers' Union 132,764 16.8 17 –9
Democratic Centre 57,438 7.3 6 New
Union of Social Democrats – Mensheviks and Rural Workers 49,595 6.3 7 New
Latgalian Christian Peasant and Catholic Party 47,202 6.0 6 0
Committee of the German Baltic Parties 42,088 5.3 6 0
Christian National Union 33,043 4.2 4 New
Non-Partisan National Centre 29,457 3.7 4 New
Latgalian Farmer-Labour Party 27,697 3.5 4 New
Jewish National Bloc 16,631 2.1 2 New
New Farmers' Union 15,392 1.9 3 New
United List of Russians 14,229 1.8 2 New
United Polish Parties 12,473 1.6 1 0
Latvian Old Believers' Central Committee 12,318 1.6 1 New
Agudas Israel 11,429 1.4 2 New
Latgalian Farmers Party 8,522 1.1 1 –16
List of Lithuanians and Catholics 8,490 1.1 1 +1
Latgalian People's Party 6,771 0.9 1 New
Zionist Party 5,156 0.7 1 0
Fishermens' Union 4,008 0.5 0 New
Land Workers' Association 2,667 0.3 0 New
Bund 2,409 0.3 1 New
Latgalian Workers' Association 1,918 0.2 0 New
Belarusian List 1,548 0.2 0 New
Independent Russian Association 1,479 0.2 0 New
War Invalids' List 1,230 0.2 0 New
Independent Colonel Jansons 1,181 0.1 0 New
Estonian Group 1,063 0.1 0 New
Abstainers' List 1,031 0.1 0 New
Latgalian Villagers 467 0.1 0 New
Jewish People's Party 47 0.0 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 9,168
Total 800,858 100 100 –50
Registered voters/turnout 963,257 83.1
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1122 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1143
  3. ^ a b c d Nohlen & Stöver, p1113
  4. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1105

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