1938 Estmerish general election
All 600 seats in the Chamber of Commons
301 seats needed for a majority
|Turnout||25,403,272 (79.34%; 3.7 pp)|
The 1938 Estmerish general election was held on 19 August 1938. It was the first nationwide general election to take place after the conclusion of the Great War, though it was preceded by the 1935 elections to the constitutional assembly. The newly reconstituted Chamber of Commons saw all 600 seats up for election. It was the first Estmerish election held under the new semi-proportional additional member system.
Estmere was a changed country following the Great War; the monarchy in 1936 was abolished via referendum, and Borland left the union following a successful independence referendum in the same year. The compromise which ended the 1937 mutiny ensured that Estmere would be a federal republic, and the constitutional assembly ensured that elections would be semi-proportional. Against that tumultuous backdrop, the conduct of the 1938 election was relatively tame. The primary candidates for Prime Minister were centre-left Vincent Holmes and centre-right Lawrence Montgomerie, who had both served together in the exiled Fighting Estmere government, and the two had agreed to protect national unity by running positive campaigns. Most other parties followed suit, aside from the far-left Estmerish Section of the Workers' International and the right-wing Rally of the Republic, both of which ran abrasive campaigns.
Although Holmes and the Social Democratic and Co-operative Party came first in the overall vote, centre-right parties won a majority of the seats. This was partially due to a higher than average turnout in the centre-right heartlands of Flurland. President Godfredson called on Montgomerie to assemble a government, after he secured the support of his own Sotirian People's Party and the National Democratic Party, the United Liberal Party and the Rally of the Republic, with additional support from the independent liberals and conservatives.
There were 25,387,102 valid ballots cast. Turnout was 79.34%, with 25,403,272 voters, up 3.7% on the previous election.
|Social Democratic and Co-operative Party||9,223,928||36.34||8,365,784||32.98||233|
|Sotirian People's Party||8,634,572||34.01||7,458,170||29.40||182|
|National Democratic Party||3,868,918||15.24||3,603,626||14.21||83|
|Estmerish Section of the Workers' International||1,199,034||4.72||2,190,359||8.63||51|
|United Liberal Party||1,046,615||4.12||1,173,543||4.63||19|
|Rally of the Republic||269,275||1.06||932,417||3.68||17|
|Party of the Swathish||55,887||0.22||84,811||0.33||2|
|All other parties||37,505||0.15||52,922||0.21||–|
|Source: EBS News Archive|