South Korean legislative election, 1960

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South Korean House of Commons election, 1960

← 1958 29 July 1960 1963 →

All 233 seats to the House of Commons
117 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 84.3% (Decrease3.5%)
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  John Myun.jpg
Leader Chang Myon Seo Sang-il Cho Gyeong-gyu
Party Democratic Socialist Mass Liberal
Leader since 18 June 1960 5 May 1960 15 June 1960
Leader's seat Yongsan 1st Daegu 2nd -
Last election 80 seats 126 seats
Seats won 175 4 2
Seat change Increase 96 New Decrease 124
Popular vote 3,786,304 541,021 249,960
Percentage 41.7% 6.0% 2.8%
South Korean Senate election, 1960

29 July 1960

All 58 seats to the Senate
30 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 84.1%
  Majority party Minority party
  John Myun.jpg
Leader Chang Myon Cho Gyeong-gyu
Party Democratic Liberal
Leader since 18 June 1960 15 June 1960
Seats won 31 4
Popular vote 8,195,543 1,248,753
Percentage 38.9% 5.9%
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Legislative 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.

Results

House of Commons

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Democratic Party 3,786,401 41.7 175 +96
Socialist Mass Party 541,021 6.0 4 New
Liberal Party 249,960 2.8 2 –124
Korea Socialist Party 57,965 0.6 1 New
Korea Independence Party 26,649 0.3 0 New
Unification Party 17,293 0.2 1 New
Other parties 149,366 1.1 1
Independents 4,249,180 46.8 49 –41
Invalid/blank votes 701,086
Total 9,778,921 100 233 0
Source: Nohlen et al.

Senate

Party Votes % Seats
Democratic Party 5,491,527 51.4 31
Liberal Party 658,748 6.1 4
Socialist Mass Party 146,059 1.4 1
Korea Socialist Party 135,160 1.3 1
Other parties 188,792 1.7 1
Independents 4,067,343 38.1 20
Invalid/blank votes
Total 10,682,629 100 58
Source: Nohlen et al.

References

  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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