Soviet Union legislative election, 1970

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Soviet Union legislative election, 1970
Soviet Union
← 1966 14 June 1970 1974 →

All 1517 seats to the Soviet Supreme Soviet
  First party Second party
  Brezhnev-color.jpg
Leader Leonid Brezhnev
Party CPSU Independent
Leader since 14 October 1964
Seats won 1096 421
Percentage 72.2% 27.8%

Elected General Secretary

Leonid Brezhnev
CPSU

Elections to the Supreme Soviet were held in the Soviet Union on 14 June 1970.[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 one 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 152,771,739 99.7 562 152,843,228 99.8 534
Independents 205 216
Against 400,054 0.3 328,544 0.2
Invalid/blank votes 420 441
Total 153,172,213 100 767 153,172,213 100 750
Registered voters/turnout 153,237,112 100 153,237,112 100
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