1931 Assembly of Representatives Election
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1931 Assembly of Representatives Election

1931 Assembly of Representatives election
Mandatory Palestine
← 1925 5 January 1931 1944 →

71 seats in the Assembly of Representatives
Mapai 43.5% 27 -27
Hatzohar Ze'ev Jabotinsky 16.3% 10 -5
Sephardic Bloc Bechor-Shalom Sheetrit 4.7% 5 -8
Mizrachi-Hapoel HaMizrachi Yehuda Leib Maimon 8.3% 5 -8
General Zionists Peretz Bernstein 5.7% 5 +5
Sephardic Revisionists 4.3% 5 +5
Sephardic Workers None 3.3% 4 +4
Women's Association None 3.8% 3 +3
Yemenite Association Saadia Kobashi 3.1% 3 +3
Poale Zion Ya'akov Zerubavel 1.8% 1 +1
Borochov Workers None 1.8& 1 +1
Hashomer Hatzair None 1.6% 1 +1
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Elections to the Assembly of Representatives were held in Mandatory Palestine on 5 January 1931.[1]Mapai emerged as the largest party, winning 27 of the 71 seats.

Electoral system

Voter choice was limited by ethnic group; Ashkenazi Jews could only vote for Ashkenazi lists, whilst Sephardic Jews and Yemenite Jews were similarly constrained.[1] A total of 18 lists contested the election.[1] The number of seats in the Assembly was reduced from 221 to 71.[1]

Campaign

The elections were boycotted by Agudat Yisrael in protest at women being allowed to vote and the Yishuv's approach to religious education and ritual slaughter.[1]

Results

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PartyVotes%Seats
Mapai21,49743.4527
Revisionists8,06916.3110
Mizrachi-Hapoel HaMizrachi4,1078.305
General Zionists2,8415.745
Sephardic Bloc2,3014.656
Sephardic Revisionists2,1214.295
Women's Association1,8613.763
Sephardic Workers1,6533.344
Yemenites1,5153.063
Poale Zion9021.821
Borochov Workers8911.801
Hashomer Hatzair8121.641
Proletarian List5241.060
Artisans Group3520.710
Sephardic Poale Zion280.060
Sephardic Borochov Workers10.000
Middle Class Association00.000
Hitahdut HaIkarim00.000
Total49,475100.0071
Valid votes49,47598.09
Invalid/blank votes9611.91
Total votes50,436100.00
Registered voters/turnout75,04667.21
Source: UNISPAL

Aftermath

Following the elections, the Assembly elected the 23-member Jewish National Council, with eleven elected from Mapai, four from the Sephardim Bloc, three from Mizrachi, three from the General Zionists and two from smaller parties.[1] The Revisionists refused to join the Council on the basis that the Assembly had refused to pass three resolutions it presented on not taking part in the Legislative Council, overturning the decision of the Jewish Agency to take part in a round table conference or to not send members to negotiate with the British government.[1]

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