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Dutch general election, 1971

Dutch general election, 1971

28 April 1971

All 150 seats to the House of Representatives
76 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 79.1%
  First party Second party Third party
  Joop den Uyl Gerard Veringa Molly Geertsema
Leader Joop den Uyl Gerard Veringa Molly Geertsema
Party PvdA KVP VVD
Leader since 1966 1971 1969
Last election 37 seats, 23.5% 42 seats, 26.5% 17 seats, 10.7%
Seats won 39 35 16
Seat change Increase2 Decrease7 Decrease1
Popular vote 1,552,276 1,380,539 653,092
Percentage 24.5% 21.8% 10.3%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Barend Biesheuvel Hans van Mierlo Berend Jan Udink
Leader Barend Biesheuvel Hans van Mierlo Berend Jan Udink
Party ARP D66 CHU
Leader since 1963 1966 1970
Last election 15 seats, 9.9% 7 seats, 4.4% 10 seats, 6.3%
Seats won 13 11 7
Seat change Decrease2 Increase4 Decrease3
Popular vote 542,780 427,720 354,463
Percentage 8.5% 6.7% 4.4%

  Seventh party Eighth party Ninth party
  Willem Drees, Jr. Marcus Bakker Hette Abma
Leader Willem Drees, Jr. Marcus Bakker Hette Abma
Party DS'70 CPN SGP
Leader since 1971 1963 1971
Last election First Election 5 seats, 3.6% 3 seats, 2.0%
Seats won 8 6 3
Seat change Increase8 Increase1 Steady0
Popular vote 336,282 246,299 148,282
Percentage 5.3% 3.8% 2.3%

Seats

Prime Minister before election

Piet de Jong
KVP

Prime Minister

Barend Biesheuvel
ARP

General elections were held in the Netherlands on 28 March 1971.[1] The Labour Party emerged as the largest party, winning 39 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives.[2] The election was the first without mandatory voting, causing a sharp fall in voter turnout, down to 79.1% from 94.9% at the 1967 elections.[3] Barend Biesheuvel of the Anti Revolutionary Party became Prime Minister, leading the first Biesheuvel cabinet.

Results

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Labour Party 1,554,280 24.6 39 +2
Catholic People's Party 1,379,672 21.8 35 –7
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 653,370 10.3 16 –1
Anti Revolutionary Party 542,742 8.6 13 –2
Democrats 1966 428,067 6.8 11 +4
Christian Historical Union 399,106 6.3 10 –2
Democratic Socialists '70 336,714 5.3 8 New
Communist Party of the Netherlands 246,569 3.9 6 +1
Reformed Political Party 148,192 2.3 3 0
Political Party of Radicals 116,049 1.8 2 New
Reformed Political League 101,790 1.6 2 +1
New Middle Party 95,706 1.5 2 New
Pacifist Socialist Party 90,738 1.4 2 –2
Farmers' Party 69,656 1.1 1 –6
General Elderly Party of the Netherlands 155,496 2.3 0 New
Elderly Party 65+ 0 New
Elderly Party General Interest 0 New
Elderly and Labour Party 0 New
Binding Right 0 New
Democrats 2000 0 New
Kabouters 0 New
Rural Party for the Elderly 0 New
Van Velsen List 0 New
Netherlands Appeal 0 New
New Roman Party 0 New
Positive Social Democrats 0 New
Party of the Right 0 0
Stichting Gedupeerde Groepen 18+ t/m 65+ 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 46,567
Total 6,364,719 100 150 0
Registered voters/turnout 8,048,726 79.1
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular Vote
PvdA
  
24.60%
KVP
  
21.84%
VVD
  
10.34%
ARP
  
8.59%
D66
  
6.78%
CHU
  
6.32%
DS70
  
5.33%
CPN
  
3.90%
SGP
  
2.35%
PPR
  
1.84%
GPV
  
1.61%
NMP
  
1.51%
PSP
  
1.44%
BP
  
1.10%
Other
  
2.46%

References

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1396 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1414
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1397
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