Swiss federal election, 1951

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Federal elections were held in Switzerland on 28 October 1951.[1] Although the Social Democratic Party received the most votes, the Free Democratic Party remained the largest party in the National Council, winning 51 of the 196 seats.[2]


National Council

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Party249,85726.049+1
Free Democratic Party230,68724.051–1
Swiss Conservative People's Party216,61622.548+4
Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents120,81912.623+2
Ring of Independents49,1005.110+2
Swiss Party of Labour25,6592.75–2
Liberal Democratic Party24,8132.65–2
Social-Political Group21,6062.24–1
Evangelical People's Party9,5591.010
Liberal Socialist Party8,1940.90–1
Other parties4,5880.500
Invalid/blank votes25,439
Registered voters/turnout1,386,14671.2
Source: Mackie & Rose,[3] Nohlen & Stöver

Council of the States

In several cantons the members of the Council of the States were chosen by the cantonal parliaments.[4]

Party Seats +/–
Swiss Conservative People's Party180
Free Democratic Party12+1
Social Democratic Party4–1
Party of Farmers, Traders and Independents3–1
Liberal Democratic Party3+1
Social-Political Group20
Other parties20
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1895 ISBN 9783832956097
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p1953
  3. Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan
  4. Nohlen & Stöver, p1956
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