1977 Dutch general election


General elections were held in the Netherlands on 25 May 1977.[1] The Labour Party remained the largest party, winning 53 of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives.[2] Following the election, it took 208 days of negotiations to form a new government. This was a European record for longest government formation that stood until after the 2010 Belgian general election.[3] The Christian Democratic Appeal was formed by the Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP), Christian Historical Union (CHU) and the Catholic People's Party (KVP) in 1976. The first joint party leader was a member of the KVP, Dries van Agt.

1977 Dutch general election

 1972 25 May 1977 1981 
Turnout88.1% ( 4.6 pp)
Party Leader % Seats ±
PvdA Joop den Uyl 33.8% 53 +10
CDA Dries van Agt 31.9% 49 +1
VVD Hans Wiegel 17.9% 28 +6
D66 Jan Terlouw 5.4% 8 +2
SGP Hette Abma 2.1% 3 0
CPN Marcus Bakker 1.7% 2 -5
PPR Ria Beckers 1.6% 3 -4
GPV Bart Verbrugh 0.9% 1 -1
PSP Bram van der Lek 0.9% 1 -1
BP Hendrik Koekoek 0.8% 1 -2
DS'70 Willem Drees Jr. 0.7% 1 -5
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
Prime Minister before Prime Minister after
Joop den Uyl
PvdA
Dries van Agt
CDA

Eventually a coalition was formed between the Christian Democratic Appeal and the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy with Dries van Agt as Prime Minister.

Results


PartyVotes%Seats+/–
Labour Party2,813,79333.8353+10
Christian Democratic Appeal2,652,27831.8949+1
People's Party for Freedom and Democracy1,492,68917.9528+6
Democrats 66452,4235.448+2
Reformed Political Party177,0102.1330
Communist Party of the Netherlands143,4811.732–5
Political Party of Radicals140,9101.693–4
Reformed Political League79,4210.951–1
Pacifist Socialist Party77,9720.941–1
Farmers' Party69,9140.841–2
Democratic Socialists '7059,4870.721–5
Reformatory Political Federation53,2200.640New
Dutch Peoples-Union33,4340.400New
Roman Catholic Party of the Netherlands33,2270.400–1
Socialist Party24,4200.290New
Federation of Elderly Parties of the Netherlands4,3790.050New
Union Against Arbitrariness of Civil Servants4,1100.050New
Communist Unity Movement of the Netherlands2,6490.030New
Democratic Action Centre2,1500.030New
Party of the Taxpayers2010.000New
European Conservative Union1970.000New
Jusia List910.000New
Dutch Middle Class Party890.0000
Griek List670.000New
Total8,317,612100.001500
Valid votes8,317,61299.42
Invalid/blank votes48,2170.58
Total votes8,365,829100.00
Registered voters/turnout9,497,99988.08
Source: Kiesraad
Popular Vote
PvdA
33.83%
CDA
31.89%
VVD
17.95%
D66
5.44%
SGP
2.13%
CPN
1.73%
PPR
1.69%
GPV
0.95%
PSP
0.94%
BP
0.84%
DS70
0.72%
RPF
0.64%
Other
1.26%

References


  1. Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1396 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. Nohlen & Stöver, p1414
  3. Laurent Thomet (January 8, 2011). "Belgium's shoddy political record poses financial threat". Retrieved 2011-01-27. Without a government for nearly seven months, Belgium now holds a dubious record in Europe and with no end in sight to the political crisis, fears are growing of a backlash from watchful markets. The divided country on Saturday broke the 208-day mark set by the Netherlands in 1977 for being without a government.