Belgian Federal Election 2019 Voting Live

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Belgian Federal Election 2019 Voting Live

Belgian Federal Election 2019 Voting Live

Belgian Federal Election 2019 Voting Date: 26 May 2019 

The 2019 Belgian federal election will take place on the same day as the 2019 European Parliament elections and the 2019 Belgian regional elections, being 26 May 2019, unless snap elections are called.

In the election, all 150 members of the Chamber of Representatives will be elected in eleven multi-member constituencies.


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The electoral system of Belgian 

The 150 members of the Chamber of Representatives will be elected in 11 multi-member constituencies, being the ten provinces and Brussels, with between 4 and 24 seats. Seats are allocated using the d'Hondt method, with an electoral threshold of 5% per constituency.

Representatives elected from the five Flemish provinces, Antwerp (24), East Flanders (20), Flemish Brabant (15), Limburg (12) and West Flanders (16), automatically belong to the Dutch-speaking language group in parliament, whereas those elected from the five Walloon provinces, Hainaut (18), Liège (15), Luxembourg (4), Namur (6) and Walloon Brabant (5), form the French-speaking language group. The 15 members elected in Brussels may choose to join either group, though de facto only French-speaking parties reach the threshold. Apportionment of seats is done every ten years in accordance with population data, last by royal order of 31 January 2013.

The 60-member Senate is composed of 50 representatives from the regional and community parliaments, plus 10 co-opted senators proportionally divided among parties based on the result of the federal election.

All Belgian citizens aged 18 or over are obligated to participate in the election. Non-Belgian citizens residing in Belgium (regardless of EU citizenship) cannot vote, whereas Belgian citizens living abroad may register to vote.


Belgian Parties and leaders

 

Political party Party leader Seats
Flemish parties in Parliament
New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) Bart De Wever (since 2004, re-elected in 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2017) 33 (opposition)
Christian Democratic and Flemish (CD&V) Wouter Beke (since 2010, re-elected in 2016) 18 (government)
Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats (Open Vld) Gwendolyn Rutten (since 2012, re-elected in 2016) 14 (government)
Socialist Party Different (sp.a) John Crombez (since 2015, defeating incumbent Bruno Tobback) 13 (opposition)
Green (Groen) Meyrem Almaci (since 2014) 6 (opposition)
Flemish Interest (Vlaams Belang) Tom Van Grieken (since 2014) 3 (opposition)
French-speaking parties in Parliament
Socialist Party (PS) Elio Di Rupo (since 1999, except during 2011-2014 while Prime Minister) 23 (opposition)
Reformist Movement (MR) Olivier Chastel (since 2014, replacing Charles Michel who became Prime Minister) 20 (government)
Humanist Democratic Centre (cdH) Maxime Prévot (since 2019) 9 (opposition)
Ecolo (Ecolo) Zakia Khattabi & Patrick Dupriez (since 2015) 6 (opposition)
Democratic Federalist Independent (DéFI) Olivier Maingain (since 1995) 2 (opposition)
People's Party (Parti Populaire) Mischaël Modrikamen (since 2009) 1 (opposition)
National (bilingual) parties in Parliament
Workers' Party (PVDA-PTB) Peter Mertens (since 2008) 2 (opposition)

Belgian past election results 

Party Leader(s) Votes % E.c. % Seats
New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) Bart De Wever 1,366,397 20.26 32.22

33 / 150

Socialist Party (PS) Elio Di Rupo 787,058 11.67 31.43

23 / 150

Christian Democratic & Flemish (CD&V) Wouter Beke 783,040 11.61 18.47

18 / 150

Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats (Open Vld) Gwendolyn Rutten 659,571 9.78 15.55

14 / 150

Reformist Movement (MR) Charles Michel 650,260 9.64 25.96

20 / 150

Socialist Party–Differently (sp.a) Bruno Tobback 595,466 8.83 14.04

13 / 150

Green (Groen) Wouter Van Besien 358,947 5.32 8.46

6 / 150

Humanist Democratic Centre (cdH) Benoît Lutgen 336,184 4.98 13.43

9 / 150

Workers' Party (PTB–GO!/PVDA+)

 

Peter Mertens
PVDA+
PTB–GO!
251,276
118,333
132,943
3.72
1.75
1.97

3.24
5.31

2 / 150

 

Flemish Interest (Vlaams Belang) Gerolf Annemans 247,738 3.67 5.84

3 / 150

Ecolo Olivier Deleuze & Emily Hoyos 222,524 3.30 8.89

6 / 150

Francophone Democratic Federalists (FDF) Olivier Maingain 121,384 1.80 4.85

2 / 150

People's Party (Parti Populaire) Mischaël Modrikamen 102,581 1.52 4.10

1 / 150

Libertarian, Direct, Democratic (LDD) Jean-Marie Dedecker 28,414 0.42 0.67

0 / 150

Others (parties that received less than 1% of the overall vote) 233,707 3.47

0 / 150

Valid votes 6,744,547 94.23  
Blank and invalid votes 412,951 5.77
Totals 7,157,498 100.00

150 / 150

Electorate and voter turnout 8,008,776 89.37
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