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Dutch general election, 1972

Dutch general election, 1972

29 November 1972

All 150 seats to the House of Representatives
76 seats were needed for a majority
Turnout 83.5%
  First party Second party Third party
  Joop den Uyl Frans Andriesse Hans Wiegel
Leader Joop den Uyl Frans Andriessen Hans Wiegel
Party PvdA KVP VVD
Leader since 1966 1971 1971
Last election 39 seats, 24.5% 35 seats, 21.8% 16 seats, 10.3%
Seats won 43 27 22
Seat change 4 8 6
Popular vote 2,021,454 1,305,401 1,068,375
Percentage 27.3% 17.7% 14.4%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Barend Biesheuvel Bas de Gaay Fortman Arnold Tilanus
Leader Barend Biesheuvel Bas de Gaay Fortman Arnold Tilanus
Party ARP PPR CHU
Leader since 1963 1972 1972
Last election 13 seats, 8.5% 2 seats, 1.8% 10 seats, 6.3%
Seats won 14 7 7
Seat change 1 5 3
Popular vote 1,068,375 354,829 354,463
Percentage 8.8% 4.8% 4.4%

  Seventh party Eighth party Ninth party
  Marcus Bakker Hans van Mierlo Willem Drees, Jr.
Leader Marcus Bakker Hans van Mierlo Willem Drees, Jr.
Party CPN D66 DS'70
Leader since 1963 1966 1966
Last election 6 seats, 3.8% 11 seats, 6.7% 8 seats, 5.3%
Seats won 7 6 6
Seat change 1 5 2
Popular vote 330,398 307,048 304,714
Percentage 4.4% 4.1% 4.1%

Seats

Prime Minister before election

Barend Biesheuvel
ARP

Prime Minister

Joop den Uyl
PvdA

Early general elections were held in the Netherlands on 29 November 1972.[1] The Labour Party remained the largest party, winning 43 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives.[2]

Results

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Labour Party 2,021,454 27.3 43 +4
Catholic People's Party 1,305,401 17.7 27 –8
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy 1,068,375 14.4 22 +6
Anti Revolutionary Party 653,609 8.8 14 –1
Political Party of Radicals 354,829 4.8 7 +5
Christian Historical Union 354,463 4.8 7 –3
Communist Party of the Netherlands 330,398 4.5 7 +1
Democrats 1966 307,048 4.2 6 –5
Democratic Socialists '70 304,714 4.1 6 –2
Reformed Political Party 163,114 2.2 3 0
Farmers' Party 143,239 1.9 3 +2
Reformed Political League 131,236 1.8 2 0
Pacifist Socialist Party 111,262 1.5 2 0
Roman Catholic Party of the Netherlands 67,658 0.9 1 New
Anti Woningnood Actie Centrum 77,245 1.0 0 New
Democratic Centre Party 0 New
Stam List 0 New
New Middle Party 0 –2
New Roman Party 0 0
Party of the Right 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 51,242
Total 7,445,287 100 150 0
Registered voters/turnout 8,916,947 83.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular Vote
PvdA
  
27.34%
KVP
  
17.65%
VVD
  
14.45%
ARP
  
8.84%
PPR
  
4.80%
CHU
  
4.79%
CPN
  
4.47%
D66
  
4.15%
DS70
  
4.12%
SGP
  
2.21%
BP
  
1.94%
GPV
  
1.77%
PSP
  
1.50%
RKPN
  
0.92%
Other
  
1.04%

References

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