1925 Assembly of Representatives Election
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1925 Assembly of Representatives Election

1925 Assembly of Representatives election
Mandatory Palestine
← 1920 6 December 1925 1931 →

221 seats in the Assembly of Representatives
Ahdut HaAvoda 54 -16
Hapoel Hatzair Yosef Sprinzak 30 -11
Other None 20 +20
HaSephardim None 19 -35
Hatzohar Ze'ev Jabotinsky 15 +15
Hebrew Women's Association Beba Idelson 13 +13
Agricultural Bloc None 13 +4
Democrat's Association None 12 +3
Mizrachi Yehuda Leib Maimon 7 -2
Centre List None 6 +6
National Citizens None 6 +6
Ma'amad Hapoalim None 6 +6
Hapoel HaMizrachi None 6 +6
Hapoel HaMizrachi HaMeuhad None 4 +4
Polish List None 4 +4
Valley Kibbutzim List None 2 +2
Safed Municipality List None 2 +2
HaMerkaz HaHakla'i None 1 +1
Galilee Farmers Association None 1 +1
Eastern Farmers Association None 1 +1
Georgian's List None 1 +1
Hebrew Women's Popular list None 1 +1
Givat HaRambam list None 1 +1
Young Mizrachi List None 1 +1
Craftsmen's Centre None 1 -5
Bnei Brak Residents' List None 1 +1
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Elections to the Assembly of Representatives were held in Mandatory Palestine on 6 December 1925, electing the legislature of the Yishuv. Around half the votes went to parties associated with trade unions.[1]Ahdut HaAvoda remained the largest party in the Assembly.

Electoral system

Following the 1920 elections, debate continued on the issue of women's suffrage.[2] In 1923 Mizrachi called for a men-only referendum on whether women should be entitled to vote, and threatened to withdraw from the Yishuv if one was not held.[2] The Jewish National Council agreed to hold one on 8 November 1925, but with female participation.[2] This led to Agudat Yisrael calling for a boycott.[2] In response, Mizrachi and the Jewish National Council agreed to cancel the referendum.[2]

The number of eligible voters rose from around 26,000 to 64,764.[3][4] However, turnout was only around 57%.[4] This was put down to an Agudat Yisrael boycott, several delays in holding the elections, and the unfamiliarity of some women with voting.[4]

The number of seats was reduced from 314 to 221.[3][4]

Results

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Party Votes % Seats +/-
Ahdut HaAvoda 8,834 54 -16
Hapoel Hatzair 5,337 30 -11
HaSephardim 19 -35
Revisionists 15 New
Hebrew Women's Association 13 New
Agricultural Bloc 9 New
Democrat's Association 9 New
Mizrachi 7 -2
Centre List 6 New
National Citizens 6 New
Ma'amad Hapoalim 1,028 6 New
Hapoel HaMizrachi 6 New
Hapoel HaMizrachi HaMeuhad 4 New
Polish Immigrants List 4 New
Valley Kibbutzim List 2 New
Safed Municipality List 2 New
HaMerkaz HaHakla'i 1 New
Galilee Farmers Association 1 New
Eastern Farmers Association 1 New
Georgian's List 1 New
Hebrew Women's Popular list 1 New
Givat HaRambam list 1 New
Young Mizrachi List 1 -1
Craftsmen's Centre 1 -5
Bnei Brak Residents' List 1 New
Others 20 -
Total 35,987 100 221 -93
Registered voters/turnout 64,764 - -
Source: Mackie & Rose[5]

References

  1. ^ "Palestine Parties" The Times, 18 December 1925, p13, Issue 44148
  2. ^ a b c d e Zalman Abramov (1976) Perpetual dilemma: Jewish religion in the Jewish State Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, p108
  3. ^ a b Abramov, p90
  4. ^ a b c d Abramov, p109
  5. ^ Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan, p243 (vote figures)

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