South Korean legislative election, 1960

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Parliamentary elections were held in South Korea on 29 June 1960.[1] The result was a victory for the Democratic Party, which won 175 of the 233 seats in the House of Commons, and 31 of the 58 seats in the Senate. Voter turnout was 84.3%.

This election was the first relatively honest national election held in South Korea. As it turned out, it would be the last free election held there until the 1987 presidential election. It also marked the first time that a liberal party won a majority of seats.


House of Commons

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Democratic Party3,786,40141.7175+96
Socialist Mass Party541,0216.04New
Liberal Party249,9602.82–124
Korea Socialist Party57,9650.61New
Korea Independence Party26,6490.30New
Unification Party17,2930.21New
Other parties149,3661.11
Invalid/blank votes701,086
Source: Nohlen et al.


Party Votes % Seats
Democratic Party5,491,52751.431
Liberal Party658,7486.14
Socialist Mass Party146,0591.41
Korea Socialist Party135,1601.31
Other parties188,7921.71
Invalid/blank votes
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p420 ISBN 0-19-924959-8
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