58 of the 116 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
57 seats needed for a majority
Partial general elections were held in Belgium on 14 June 1859. The result was a victory for the Liberal Party, which won 69 of the 116 seats in the Chamber of Representatives and 31 of the 58 seats in the Senate. Voter turnout was 55.9%, although only 49,672 people were eligible to vote.
Under the alternating system, elections for the Chamber of Representatives were only held in five out of the nine provinces: Antwerp, Brabant, Luxembourg, Namur and West Flanders. Additionally, special elections were held on the same day in the arrondissements of Charleroi, Liège and Mons.
Twelve of the 58 seats were uncontested, of which the Catholics won nine and the Liberals three.
Chamber of Representatives
|Source: Mackie & Rose, Sternberger et al|
|Sternberger et al.|
The distribution of seats among the electoral districts was as follows for the Chamber of Representatives, with the difference compared to the previous election due to population growth:
- Codebook Constituency-level Elections Archive, 2003
- Sternberger, D, Vogel, B & Nohlen, D (1969) Die Wahl der Parlamente: Band I: Europa - Erster Halbband, p105
- Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan, p46
- List of members of the Chamber of Representatives (1859)