General Election 1959

Malayan general election 1959

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General elections were held in Malaya on 19 August 1959,[1] the first since independence from the United Kingdom in 1957. It was the third national-wide election held in Malaya since the end of World War II. Malaya later formed Malaysia with three other states in 1963. Voter turnout was 73.3%.

In the election, the Alliance Party – later Barisan Nasional – emerged as the victor. The party was a coalition formed by United Malays National Organisation, Malayan Chinese Association and Malayan Indian Congress. The coalition won 74 out of 104 seats in the Dewan Rakyat with only 51.7% of total votes. The opposition as a whole garnered 30 seats with 48.3% of total votes.

The 71.1% majority allowed Alliance Party to form a government as sanctioned by the Constitution of Malaya.

When results were announced on the morning of 20 August, only 103 seats were returned as elections in the Kedah Tengah (English: Central Kedah) constituency was delayed until 30 September.[2] The Alliance proceeded to win this seat with Khir Johari as the winning candidate.

[edit] Results

Party

Votes

%

Seats

+/-

Alliance Party

800,944

51.8

74

+23

Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party

329,070

21.3

13

+12

Malayan People’s Socialist Front

199,688

12.9

8

New

People’s Progressive Party

97,391

6.3

4

+4

Parti Negara

32,578

2.1

1

+1

Malayan Party

13,404

0.9

1

New

Independents

74,194

4.8

3

+3

Invalid/blank votes

17,306

Total

1,564,575

100

104

+52

Source: Nohlen et al

[edit] References

  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Grotz, F & Hartmann, C (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p152 ISBN 0199249598
  2. ^ Arkib Negara: Pembentukan Kabinet Yang Pertama Selepas Merdeka (in Malay)

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