ElectionGudie

June 10, 2007 Held

7,032,384
Voted
Belgium

Kingdom of Belgium

Election for Senaat / Senat (Belgian Senate)

Results

86%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:7,032,384
Valid Votes:6,628,217
Invalid Votes:404,257

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Christian Democratic and Flemish (CDV) / New Flemish Alliance (NVA) 9 - 1,287,389

19.42%

Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD) / Vivant (V) 5 - 821,980

12.40%

Reformist Movement (MR) 6 - 815,755

12.31%

Flemish Interest 5 - 787,782

11.89%

Socialist Party (PS) 4 - 678,812

10.24%

Socialist Party Difference (SP.A) / Spirit 4 - 665,342

10.04%

Humanist Democratic Centre 2 - 390,852

5.90%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 40 seats in the Senate (Senaat / Senat)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: King ALBERT II *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Guy VERHOFSTADT
  • 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.

* The monarchy is hereditary and constitutional.

Description of electoral system:

  • The King is hereditary N/A.
  • In the Senate (Senaat / Senat), 40 members are elected through a party-list proportional representation system 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 through a party-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Christian Democratic and Flemish (CDV) / New Flemish Alliance (NVA)*
    • Leader: Jo VANDEURZEN (CDV) and Bart DE WEVER (NVA)
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 9
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 6
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Deputies election: 30
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Deputies election: 22
  • Party: Flemish Interest (VB)
    • Leader: Frank VANHECKE
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 5
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 5
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Deputies election: 17
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Deputies election: 18
  • Party: Socialist Party Difference (SP.A) / Spirit
    • Leader: Johan Vande LANOTTE
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 4
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 7
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Deputies election: 14
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Deputies election: 23
  • Party: Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD) / Vivant (V)
    • Leader: Bart SOMERS
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 5
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 7
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Deputies election: 18
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Deputies election: 25
  • Party: Socialist Party (PS)
    • Leader: Elio DI RUPO
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 4
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 6
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Deputies election: 20
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Deputies election: 25
  • Party: Reformist Movement (MR)
    • Leader: Didier REYNDERS
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 6
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 5
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Deputies election: 23
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Deputies election: 24
  • Party: Humanist Democratic Centre (CDH)
    • Leader: Joelle MILQUET
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 2
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 2
    • Seats won in this Chamber of Deputies election: 10
    • Seats won in last Chamber of Deputies election: 8

* (21 CDV and 1 NVA)

Last Parliamentary election:

  • Elections to the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies were last held on 18 May 2003.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 10,392,226 (July 2007 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 7,720,796 (June 2007 )

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 5,422,769 (2007)

·         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: 55 (Chamber of Representatives); 23 (Senate) (following 2007 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: 1,558,833 (est.)