1954 East German General Election
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1954 East German General Election
1954 East German general election

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466 seats in the Volkskammer
Turnout98.4% Decrease 0.1 pp
  First party
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Leader Walter Ulbricht
Party SED
Alliance National Front
Leader since 25 July 1950
Seats won 117
Seat change Increase 7

Chairman of the Council of Ministers before election

Otto Grotewohl

Chairman of the Council of Ministers after election

Otto Grotewohl

Legislative elections were held in East Germany on 17 October 1954. It was the second election to the Volkskammer, which had 466 deputies, 66 of whom represented East Berlin and were not directly elected) in total; due to the four-power status of the city of Berlin, the city's deputies were indirectly appointed by the East Berlin magistrate.

As the country was a de facto one-party state, voters were presented with a single-list of candidates from the National Front, dominated by the Communist Socialist Unity Party of Germany, which they could vote for or against. The election did not affect the strength of the factions, whose size was determined in advance. The election count was nominally allowed to be publicly monitored, but in practice this did not happen for fear of repression.

The list received the approval of 99.46% of voters, with turnout reported to be 98.5%.[1]


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Party or allianceVotes%Seats+/-
National FrontSocialist Unity Party of Germany11,828,87799.46117+7
Free German Trade Union Federation53+4
Christian Democratic Union52-15
Liberal Democratic Party of Germany52-14
National Democratic Party of Germany52+17
Democratic Farmers' Party of Germany52+19
Democratic Women's League of Germany29+9
Free German Youth29+4
Cultural Association of the GDR18-6
Peasants Mutual Aid Association120
Against and invalid63,9720.54--
Total votes11,892,849-
Registered voters/turnout12,085,38098.41
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p779 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7

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