1972 Dutch general election


Early general elections were held in the Netherlands on 29 November 1972.[1] The Labour Party (PvdA) remained the largest party, winning 43 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives.[2]

1972 Dutch general election

 1971 29 November 1972 1977 
Turnout83.5% ( 4.4 pp)
Party Leader % Seats ±
PvdA Joop den Uyl 27.3% 43 +4
KVP Frans Andriessen 17.7% 27 -8
VVD Hans Wiegel 14.4% 22 +6
ARP Barend Biesheuvel 8.8% 14 +1
PPR Bas de Gaay Fortman 4.8% 7 +5
CHU Arnold Tilanus 4.4% 7 -3
CPN Marcus Bakker 4.4% 7 +1
D66 Hans van Mierlo 4.1% 6 -5
DS'70 Willem Drees Jr. 4.1% 6 -2
SGP Hette Abma 2.2% 3 0
BP Hendrik Koekoek 1.9% 3 +2
GPV Piet Jongeling 1.8% 2 0
PSP Bram van der Lek 1.5% 2 0
RKPN Klaas Beuker 0.9% 1 New
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Seats
Prime Minister before Prime Minister after
Barend Biesheuvel
ARP
Joop den Uyl
PvdA

The elections led to a five-party coalition government consisting of the PvdA, the Catholic People's Party, the Anti-Revolutionary Party, the Political Party of Radicals and Democrats 1966 with the PvdA's Joop den Uyl as Prime Minister.

Results


PartyVotes%Seats+/–
Labour Party2,021,45427.3443+4
Catholic People's Party1,305,40117.6527–8
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy1,068,37514.4522+6
Anti-Revolutionary Party653,6098.8414–1
Political Party of Radicals354,8294.807+5
Christian Historical Union354,4634.797–3
Communist Party of the Netherlands330,3984.477+1
Democrats 1966307,0484.156–5
Democratic Socialists '70304,7144.126–2
Reformed Political Party163,1142.2130
Farmers' Party143,2391.943+2
Reformed Political League131,2361.7720
Pacifist Socialist Party111,2621.5020
Roman Catholic Party of the Netherlands67,6580.921New
Democratic Centre Party41,2620.560New
Dutch Middle Class Party32,9700.450–2
Stam List1,5470.020New
Party of the Right6560.0100
Anti Woningnood Actie Centrum5740.010New
New Roman Party2360.0000
Total7,394,045100.001500
Valid votes7,394,04599.31
Invalid/blank votes51,2420.69
Total votes7,445,287100.00
Registered voters/turnout8,915,17983.51
Source: Kiesraad
Popular Vote
PvdA
27.34%
KVP
17.65%
VVD
14.45%
ARP
8.84%
PPR
4.80%
CHU
4.79%
CPN
4.47%
D66
4.15%
DS70
4.12%
SGP
2.21%
BP
1.94%
GPV
1.77%
PSP
1.50%
RKPN
0.92%
Other
1.04%

References


  1. Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1396 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p1414