Dutch general election, 1848

Azure, billetty Or a lion with a coronet Or armed and langued Gules holding in his dexter paw a sword Argent hilted Or and in the sinister paw seven arrows Argent pointed and bound together Or. [The seven arrows stand for the seven provinces of the Union of Utrecht.] The shield is crowned with the (Dutch) royal crown and supported by two lions Or armed and langued gules. They stand on a scroll Azure with the text (Or) "Je Maintiendrai" (French for "I will maintain".)
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General elections were held in the Netherlands on 30 November 1848.[1] They were the first direct elections to the House of Representatives, and were the first to elect a States-General to which government ministers would be responsible.[2] Voting was restricted to men over the age of 23, and who paid a certain level of taxation.[3] This limited the franchise to 55,728 people,[4] roughly 11% of the male population over 23, or 2.5% of the total population of the country.[3] Candidates were elected in districts in a two-round system; if no candidate received over 50% of the vote in the first round, the top two candidates would face a run-off.[3] The districts had one MP for every 45,000 inhabitants.[3]

As there were no official political parties until 1879,[5] all candidates were nominally independents.


Party Votes % Seats
Invalid/blank votes
Registered voters/turnout55,72880.4
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1395 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p1380
  3. 1 2 3 4 Nohlen & Stöver, p1384
  4. Nohlen & Stöver, p1396
  5. Nohlen & Stöver, p1393
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