All 152 seats in the Chamber of Representatives
They were the first elections under a proportional system (using the D'Hondt method) instead of a majority system. This was an innovation in Europe, as Belgium became the first country to adopt proportional representation as basis of its electoral system. To make the system possible, smaller electoral districts (arrondissements) were grouped into a single electoral district (a group of arrondissements). The introduction of proportional representation was beneficial to the Liberal Party, which significantly increased its number of seats. The Liberal Party previously suffered losses after the introduction of universal suffrage in 1894.
Chamber of Representatives
|Belgian Labour Party||461,295||22.49||32||+17|
|Christian Democratic Party||52,093||2.54||1||0|
|Gauche Left Kartels||-||-||0||-1|
|Source: Belgian Elections|
|Belgian Labour Party||119,000||6.9||4|
|Source: Nohlen & Stöver|
The distribution of seats among the electoral districts was as follows for the Chamber of Representatives. As the electoral system changed to a proportional one, the electoral arrondissements with only one or two representatives were grouped together to form larger ones. Each electoral district now had at least 3 representatives, with the exception of Neufchâteau-Virton.
- Nohlen, Dieter; Stöver, Philip (31 May 2010). Elections in Europe: A data handbook. Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft. p. 289. ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7.
- Nohlen & Stöver, pp307-310
- List of members of the Chamber of Representatives (1900-1901)