Elections and Political Parties in Germany, 1945-1952

By Policy Reports Secretary, Office of the U. S. High Commissioner for Germany | Go to book overview

IV. ELECTION STATISTICS AND PARTY REPRESENTATION
A. Federal Republic of Germany
Table 1
August 1949 Elections
to Lower House
CAPITAL: BONN
POPULATION: 48,305,783
AREA: 94,706 Sq. Miles
FIRST FEDERAL ELECTION FOR THE LOWER HOUSE
held on August 14, 1949
PARTY STRENGTH IN THE FEDERAL LOWER HOUSE
Eligible Voters 31,179,422 --
%
September 7, 1949
at
Inaugural
Meeting
June 1, 1952 Berlin
members
(advisory
capacity
only)
Voters
Participating
24,495,613 78.5
Valid Votes Cast 23,732,398 96.9
Invalid Votes Cast 763,215 3.1
CDU/CSU 7,359,084 31.0 139 145 5
SPD 6,934,975 29.2 131 130 9
FDP/DVP 2,829,920 11.9 52 52 5
DP/DPB 939,934 4.0 17 26 1)
KPD 1,361,708 5.7 15 14 2)
BP
(in
Bavaria
only)
986,478 4.2 17 FU 21 3)
Center Party 727,505 3.1 10
WAV
(in
Bavaria
only)
681,888 2.9 12 -- 4)
DRP 429,031 1.8 5 1 5)
SSW 75,386 0.3 1 1 6)
BHE/DG -- -- -- 3 7)
SRP -- -- -- 2 8)
National Rightists -- -- -- 1 9)
Unaffiliated 1,406,489 5.9 3 6 10)
1) Includes 6 (originally 7) former WAV deputies, who formed a "Bavarian Group" (DPB) within the German Party,
2 deputies originally elected on the DRP ticket and 1 who came over from the BHE/DG.
2) One of the original 15 deputies was lured to the Soviet Zone and arrested there in 1950. 3) Comprises 12 Bavarian Party (BP) and 9 Center Party deputies who combined in December 1951 to form a parlia-
mentary alliance under the name of "Federalist Union" (FU).
4) 2 former WAV deputies are now listed as "Unaffiliated", 3 are members of the BHE/DG, while 7 have joined the
German Party (DP) as a special "Bavarian Group" (DPB).
5) Of the original number of 5 deputies, 2 joined the DP/DPB, 2 the SRP, 1 the National Rightists, while 1 came
to the DRP from the DP.
6) Attached to FU as guest member. 7) The BHE/DG, which did not exist at the time of the Federal election, was at one time represented by 5 deputies
(3 from the WAV, 1 from the FDP, 1 independent); 1 of these later rejoined the FDP and 1 joined the DP/DPB.
8) 2 deputies elected on the DRP ticket transferred to the SRP, which did not exist at the time of the Federal
election.
9) This deputy was originally elected on the DRP ticket. 10) This category includes 1 KPD deputy who was lured to the Soviet Zone in 1950 and arrested there, the original founder of the WAV who was later expelled by his party, 2 other deputies originally elected on the WAV ticket, and 2 deputies expelled from the BP.

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  • Abbrevations of German Political Parties *
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  • Iii. Electoral Systems 35
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