- Election Watch
ELECTION RESULTS (September-December 1991)
Algeria: Parliamentary elections were scheduled for 26 December 1991. Results will be published in our next issue.
Argentina: The third and final round of elections to the 254-seat Chamber of National Deputies and the 46-seat Senate was held on 27 October 1991. In the final results, President Carlos Menem's Justicialist Party (PJ) won 117 seats in the Chamber of National Deputies, taking 46 percent of the votes. The Radical Civic Union (UCR) gathered 33.4 percent (85 seats); the Union of the Democratic Center (UCD), provincial parties, and other allied parties won 14.9 percent (38 seats); left and center-left parties received 4.3 percent (11 seats); and other parties took 1.2 percent (3 seats). In the Senate, the PJ won 26 seats with 56.5 percent of the votes; the UCR received 30.4 percent and 14 seats; and provincial parties obtained 13 percent and 6 senators.
Bulgaria: In legislative elections on 13 October 1991, the Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) won a narrow plurality with 34.4 percent of the vote, controlling 110 of the 240 seats in the National Assembly. The former communists, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), took 33.1 percent of the vote and 106 seats. The remaining 24 seats and the balance of power were claimed by the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, representing Bulgaria's large ethnic-Turkish minority, which won 7.5 percent. None of the other 58 parties attained the 4-percent minimum required to gain seats in parliament, although together they received 25 percent of the ballots cast. Filip Dmitrov, the new UDF prime minister, faces a difficult task in forming the country's first noncommunist government in 46 years. Voter turnout was high, with 80 percent of the electorate participating. [End Page 123]
Burkina Faso: On 1 December 1991 Captain Blaise Compaoré of the Popular Front (FP) was reelected president, but only 25 percent of the electorate participated in the balloting due to an opposition boycott of the elections over Compaoré's refusal to hold a national conference.
Colombia: In legislative elections on 27 October 1991, President César Gaviria's Liberal Party won 57 seats in the 102-seat Senate and 86 seats in the 161-seat Chamber of Deputies, in addition to 15 of the 27 governorships. Two new parties fared well, with the M-19 Democratic Alliance gaining 9 senators and 15 deputies, and the New Democratic Force winning 12 Senate seats. The fractured Conservative Party won only 8 Senate seats. The remaining seats in both chambers were split among smaller parties. Only one-third of the 15 million eligible voters went to the polls.
India: Prime Minister Narasimha Rao's Congress (I) party did better than expected, winning 8 of 16 seats in parliamentary by-elections on 16 November 1991. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took 2 seats, and two smaller parties won 1 each. Violence in Bihar state resulted in 3 seats being repolled, and the result in 1 constituency is being contested.
Kazakhstan: Running unopposed on 1 December 1991 in the first presidential election in this Central Asian republic of the former Soviet Union, Nursultan Nazarbayev won nearly 99 percent of the vote.
Mauritius: Sixty of the 70 members of the Legislative Assembly were elected on 15 September 1991. According to official results, the ruling coalition led by the Mauritian Socialist Movement took 57 seats.
Poland: On 27 October 1991, Poland held its first entirely free parliamentary elections since World War II. Only 42 percent of the eligible population voted, electing representatives of 29 parties to the lower house (Sejm). The top two finishers, with about 12 percent of the vote each, were former prime minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki's Democratic Union and the former communists, the Democratic Left Alliance. Following closely were Catholic Action, the Center Alliance, and the Polish Peasants' Party (formerly allied with the Communists), each with almost 9 percent of the vote, and the Confederation for an Independent Poland and outgoing prime minister Jan Krzysztof Bielecki's Liberal Democratic Congress, with about 7.5 percent each. Eight weeks after the elections a new government still had not been...