Austrian legislative election, 1953

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The elections to the Austrian National Council of 1953 were the first National Council elections after World War II in which the Socialist Party managed to gain a bare plurality of votes, the first time it had won the most votes in an election since 1920. However, the Austrian People's Party retained a one-seat plurality. The grand coalition between the two parties was continued with Julius Raab replacing Leopold Figl as Chancellor of Austria, who had had to resign after facing criticism from his own party, and Adolf Schärf of the Socialist Party remaining Vice Chancellor.[1][2]

Results

e • d Summary of the 22 February 1953 National Council of Austria election results
Parties Votes +/- % +/- Seats +/-
Socialist Party of Austria (Sozialistische Partei Österreichs) 1,818,517 +194,993 42.11 +3.4 73 +6
Austrian People's Party (Österreichische Volkspartei) 1,781,777 -64,804 41.26 -2.7 74 -3
Electoral Party of Independents (Wahlpartei der Unabhängigen) 472,866 -16,407 10.95 -0.8 14 -2
Communist Party of Austria (Kommunistische Partei Österreichs 228,159 +15,093 5.28 +0.2 4 -1
Bipartisan Agreement of the Centre 5,809 0.1 0
Christian Democratic Party 3,668 0.1 0
Christian Social Party and Non-Party Personalities 3,029 0.1 0
Free Democrats 2,573 0.1 0
Association of Austrian Monarchists 1,210 0.0 0
Austrian National Republicans and Independents 1,054 0.0 0
Austrian Patriotic Party 26 +26 0.0 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 76,831
Total (turnout 95.8%) 4,395,519 100 165
¹ Contested the election as Electoral group Austrian People's Opposition (Wahlgemeinschaft Österreichische Volksopposition)
Source: Source: Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010). Elections in Europe: A data handbook. p. 214. 
Popular vote
SPÖ
42.11%
ÖVP
41.26%
VdU
10.95%
VO
5.28%
Other
0.40%
Parliamentary seats
ÖVP
44.85%
SPÖ
44.24%
VdU
8.48%
VO
2.42%

References

  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Austria - Leopold Figl, retrieved 19 May 2010
  2. ^ Austrian Federal Chancellery - Austrian Chancellors and Cabinets since 1945 Archived 2013-12-26 at the Wayback Machine., retrieved 19 May 2010


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