ElectionGudie

June 13, 1999 Held

6,646,028
Voted
Belgium

Kingdom of Belgium

Election for Senaat / Senat (Belgian Senate)

Results

84%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:6,646,028
Valid Votes:6,194,371
Invalid Votes:451,657

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Flemish Liberals and Democrats 6 952,116

15.37%

Christian People's Party 6 913,508

14.75%

Liberal Reformation Party 5 654,961

10.57%

Socialist Party (Walloon) 4 597,890

9.65%

Flemish Bloc 4 583,208

9.42%

Socialist Party (Flemish) 4 550,657

8.89%

Ecologist (Francophone) 3 458,658

7.40%

Ecologist (Flemish) 3 438,931

7.09%

Social Christian Party (Francophone) 3 374,002

6.04%

Other parties - - 352,610

5.69%

VU-ID 2 317,830

5.13%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 71 seats in the Senate (Senaat / Senat)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: King ALBERT II
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Jean-Luc DEHAENE
  • Assembly: Belgium has a bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate (Senaat / Senat) with 71 seats and the Chamber of Deputies (Volksvertegenwoordigers / Chambre des Representants) with 150 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The King is hereditary N/A.
  • In the Senate (Senaat / Senat), 40 members are elected by direct popular vote to serve 4-year terms and 31 members are elected by indirect vote to serve 4-year terms. In the Chamber of Deputies (Volksvertegenwoordigers / Chambre des Representants) 150 members are elected by popular vote via proportional representation to serve 4-year terms.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD)
    • Leader: Guy VERHOFSTADT
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 6
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 6
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Deputies election: 23
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Deputies election: 21
  • Party: Christian People's Party (CVP)
    • Leader: Marc VAN PEEL
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 6
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 7
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Deputies election: 22
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Deputies election: 29
  • Party: Socialist Party (Walloon) (PS)
    • Leader: Philippe BUSQUIN
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 4
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 5
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Deputies election: 19
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Deputies election: 21
  • Party: Liberal Reformation Party (PRL)
    • Leader: Louis MICHEL
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 5
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 5
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Deputies election: 18
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Deputies election: 18
  • Party: Flemish Bloc (VL-BLOK)
    • Leader: Frank VANHECKE
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 4
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 3
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Deputies election: 15
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Deputies election: 11
  • Party: Socialist Party (Flemish) (SP)
    • Leader: Fred ERDMAN
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 4
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 6
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Deputies election: 14
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Deputies election: 20
  • Party: Ecologist (Francophone)
    • Leader: Isabelle DURAND, Jacky HORAEL
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 3
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 2
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Deputies election: 11
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Deputies election: 6
  • Party: Social Christian Party (Francophone) (PSC)
    • Leader: Philippe MAYSTADT
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 3
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 3
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Deputies election: 10
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Deputies election: 12
  • Party: Ecologist (Flemish) (AGALEV)
    • Leader: Jos GEYSELS
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 3
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 1
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Deputies election: 9
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Deputies election: 5
  • Party: VU-ID
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 2
    • Seats won in last Senate election: N/A
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Deputies election: 8
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Deputies election: N/A
  • Party: Other parties
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in last Senate election: N/A
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Deputies election: 0
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Deputies election: N/A

Last Parliamentary election:

  • Parliamentary elections were last held on May 21, 1995.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 10,192,264 ( est.)
  • Registered Voters: 7,343,466 ( 1999 )

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 5,226,747 (1999)

·         Is Belgium a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Belgium ratified CEDAW: Yes (10 July 1985)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 35 (Chamber of Representatives); 20 (Senate) (following 1999 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 21 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Very Low (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Belgium a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Belgium ratified CRPD: Yes (2 July 2009)

·         Population with a disability: 1,528,839 (est.)