1950 Soviet Union legislative election

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Soviet Union legislative election, 1950

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All 1316 seats to the Soviet Supreme Soviet
  First party Second party
  Stalin 1945.jpg
Leader Joseph Stalin
Party CPSU Independent
Leader since 21 January 1924
Seats won 1099 217
Percentage 83.5% 16.5%

Chairman of the Council of Ministers before election

Joseph Stalin
CPSU

Elected Chairman of the Council of Ministers

Joseph Stalin
CPSU

Elections to the Supreme Soviet were held in the Soviet Union on 12 March 1950.[1]

Electoral system[edit]

Candidates had to be nominated by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) or by a public organisation.[2] However, all public organisations were controlled by the party and were subservient to a 1931 law that required them to accept party rule.[2] The CPSU itself remained the only legal party in the country.[3]

Voters could vote against the CPSU candidate, but could only do so by using polling booths, whereas votes for the party could be cast simply by submitting a blank ballot.[2] Turnout was required to be over 50% for the election to be valid.[2]

Candidates[edit]

CPSU candidates accounted for around three quarters of the nominees, whilst many of the others were members of Komsomol.[4]

Results[edit]

Party Soviet of the Union Soviet of Nationalities
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Communist Party of the Soviet Union 110,788,377 99.7 580 110,782,009 99.7 519
Independents 98 119
Against 300,146 0.3 306,830 0.3
Invalid/blank votes 1,487 1,619
Total 111,090,010 100 678 111,090,010 100 638
Registered voters/turnout 111,116,373 100 111,116,373 100
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1642 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b c d Nohlen & Stöver, p1630
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1654
  4. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1631