1968 Belgian General Election
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1968 Belgian General Election
1968 Belgian general election

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212 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
  First party Second party Third party
  Gaston Eyskens Leo Collard 1968.jpg Omer Vanaudenhove.jpg
Leader Gaston Eyskens Léo Collard Omer Vanaudenhove
Party Christian Social Socialist Freedom and Progress
Leader since Candidate for PM 1959 1961
Last election 77 seats, 34.45% 64 seats, 28.28% 48 seats, 21.61%
Seats won 69 59 47
Seat change Decrease 8 Decrease 5 Decrease 1
Popular vote 1,643,785 1,403,107 1,080,894
Percentage 31.75% 27.10% 20.87%
Swing Decrease 2.65% Decrease 1.18% Decrease 0.74%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
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Leader Frans Van der Elst Albert Peeters
Party VU FDF RW
Leader since 1955 1967
Last election 12 seats, 6.69% 3 seats, 1.33% New
Seats won 20 6 6
Seat change Increase 8 Increase 3 New
Popular vote 506,697 154,023 151,421
Percentage 9.79% 2.92% 2.92%
Swing Increase 3.10% Increase 1.59% New

Belgian federal election 1968 - Chamber - circumscriptions.svg
Colours denote the winning party in each electoral district (for the Chamber of Deputies).

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politics and government of
Belgium

General elections were held in Belgium on 31 March 1968.[1] The Christian Social Party remained the largest party.[2] Voter turnout was 90.0%.[3] Elections for the nine provincial councils were also held.

The snap elections were called after the government, a coalition of the Christian Social Party and the liberal Party for Freedom and Progress led by Christian Democrat Paul Vanden Boeynants, fell due to the Leuven Crisis.

The linguistic crisis would trigger the split of the dominant Christian Social Party into a Flemish and French-speaking party. The two other main parties would follow suit. The crisis also caused the rise of small linguistic, federalist parties, such as the People's Union on the Flemish side and the Democratic Front of the Francophones and Walloon Rally on the French-speaking side.

Results

Chamber of Deputies

Party Votes % Seats +/-
Christian Social Party 1,643,785 31.75 69 -8
Belgian Socialist Party 1,403,107 27.10 59 -5
Party for Freedom and Progress 1,080,894 20.87 47 -1
People's Union 506,697 9.79 20 +8
Vanden Boeynants Cartel 236,283 4.56 0 New
Communist Party of Belgium 170,625 3.30 5 -1
Democratic Front of the Francophones 154,023 2.92 6 +3
Walloon Rally 151,421 2.92 6 New
Red Lions 46,065 0.89 0 New
Walloon Workers 3,474 0.07 0 New
Pro-Peking Communists 3,119 0.06 0 New
ULS 2,694 0.05 0 New
Return to Liège 1,933 0.04 0 New
Flemish Social Movement 1,922 0.04 0 New
Kaganovemus 1,634 0.03 0 0
Dierenbes 1,608 0.03 0 New
Walloon Communists 964 0.02 0 New
Z. Kleur 723 0.01 0 New
Flemish Communists 702 0.01 0 New
FU Pop 572 0.01 0 New
Trotskyists 289 0.01 0 New
SH 198 0.00 0 New
RJB 161 0.00 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 376,700 - - -
Total 5,554,652 100 212 0
Registered voters/turnout 6,170,167 90.02 - -
Source: Belgian Elections

Senate

Party Votes % Seats +/-
Belgian Socialist Party 1,454,879 28.46 33 +2
Christian Social Party 1,393,174 27.25 29 -15
Party for Freedom and Progress 1,114,428 21.80 22 -1
People's Union 513,342 10.04 9 +5
FDF-RW 308,859 6.04 5 +4
Communist Party of Belgium 271,586 5.31 2 -1
Vanden Boeynants-Christian Social Party Kartel 252,331 4.94 6 New
Red Lions 45,097 0.88 0 New
Walloon Workers 3,777 0.07 0 New
Pro-Peking Communists 3,452 0.07 0 New
Kaganovemus 2,694 0.05 0 0
ULS 2,364 0.05 0 New
Flemish Communists 801 0.02 0 New
Walloon Communists 520 0.01 0 New
FU Pop 495 0.01 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 441,379 - - -
Total 5,553,197 100 106 0
Registered voters/turnout 6,170,167 90.00 - -
Source: Belgian Elections

References

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p289 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, pp309-311
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p291

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