Portuguese general election, 1918

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General elections were held in Portugal on 28 April 1918, following a coup by Sidónio Pais in December 1917.[1] The elections were boycotted by the Democratic Party, the Evolutionist Party and the Republican Union, who had won over 90% of the seats in the 1915 elections.[2]

Although they included the first direct vote election for the position of President, Pais was the only candidate and the vote was uncontested.[3] In the parliamentary elections the result was a victory for the National Republican Party, which won 108 of the 155 seats in the House of Representatives and 32 of the 73 seats in the indirectly elected Senate.[4][5]

Results[edit]

President[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Sidónio Pais National Republican Party 513,958 100
Invalid/blank votes
Total 513,958 100
Registered voters/turnout 900,000 57.0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Parliament[edit]

Party House of Representatives Senate
Votes % Seats +/– Votes % Seats +/–
National Republican Party 108 New 32 New
Monarchist Cause 37 New 10 New
Catholic Centre Party 5 +4 1 0
Other parties and independents 5 –8 30 +27
Invalid/blank votes
Total 100 155 –8 513,958 100 73 +4
Registered voters/turnout 900,000 900,000 57.0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

Aftermath[edit]

Pais was assassinated in Lisbon on 14 December.[3] On 16 December João do Canto e Castro was elected by parliament for a "transitional term".[1][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1542 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1557
  3. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p1563
  4. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, pp1557-1558
  5. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1543
  6. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1564

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