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The Bijani House of Representatives election of 1965 was held on Sunday, March 7, 1965, to elect the 173 members of the 5th Bijani House of Representatives.  The incumbent Bijani National Party government, which had ruled on its own from 1949 to 1961, and as a minority government from 1961 to 1965, sought a fifth term in office against collection of parties including the centre-left Social Democratic Party and the Alliance of Dutch Voters, and the centre-right Liberal Democratic Party, the Country Party and the Christian Democratic Party.  Other parties that contested the election only in certain counties were the New Bijan Party, the Communist Party, the Pensioners Party, the New Hospitals Party, the Students Party and Bijani Future.

This was the first election to take place following the amendments to the House of Representatives (Elections) Act, which increased the size of the House from 150 to 173 members.  The 23 new leveling seats were a mechanism to ensure the overall composition of parties in the House better reflected each party's share of the national vote.  Prior to 1965, Bijan's constituency-based proportional system often yielded unexpected and counterintuitive results, such as a party experiencing a decrease in overall support nationwide, yet ganing additional seats.  The system of leveling seats was implemented to counter the irregularities in county voting patterns.

Bijani election law requires that the apportionment of seats in the House to the counties be recalculated every eight years, or after every second ordinary election.  Based on changing demographics since the 1957 apportionment, the following seats were transferred between counties:

The result further loosened the grip of the Bijani National Party on national politics.  With 78 seats, the BNP was nine seats short of a majority in the House.  The BNP initially looked to form a coalition with the Christian Democratic Party, but its underwhelming performance in the election led to the KDP winning only 10 seats, which was too fragile a majority for the BNP to accept.  The BNP also rejected an alliance with the Liberal Democratic Party out of fears that the LDP would seek a disproportionate amount of influence over the new government.  Finally, the BNP and the Country Party agreed to form a coalition, with a working majority of 96 seats in the House.  In exchange, the parliamentary leader of the Country Party would become the Deputy Chief Minister, and ministerial appointments would be divided between the BNP and the Country Party according to their respective numbers in the House.

Results

Bijani House of Representatives election, 1965: Summary
Party Votes  % ± Seats ±
County Leveling Total
  Bijani National Party 1,816,970 42.9 3.1 Red Arrow Down 71 7 78 4 Green Arrow Up Darker
  Social Democratic Party 645,089 15.2 0.7 Green Arrow Up Darker 25 3 28 5 Green Arrow Up Darker
  Liberal Democratic Party of Bijan 548,334 12.9 1.1 Green Arrow Up Darker 23 1 24 4 Green Arrow Up Darker
  Country Party 422,976 10.0 0.3 Green Arrow Up Darker 16 2 18 3 Green Arrow Up Darker
  Christian Democratic Party 229,236 5.4 0.4 Red Arrow Down 4 6 10 2 Green Arrow Up Darker
  Alliance of Dutch Voters 185,633 4.4 1.4 Red Arrow Down 4 4 8 2 Green Arrow Up Darker
  New Bijan Party 86,702 2.0 1.4 Red Arrow Down 2 0 2 0 Straight Line Steady
  Bijani Future 71,344 1.7 1.7 Green Arrow Up Darker 2 0 2 2 Green Arrow Up Darker
  Pensioners Party 65,437 1.5 0.0 Straight Line Steady 0 0 0 0 Straight Line Steady
  Communist Party of Bijan 60,629 1.4 0.3 Red Arrow Down 1 0 1 1 Red Arrow Down
  Students Party 53,237 1.3 1.3 Green Arrow Up Darker 1 0 1 1 Green Arrow Up Darker
  New Hospitals Party 50,722 1.2 1.2 Green Arrow Up Darker 1 0 1 1 Green Arrow Up Darker
Valid Votes 4,236,309 93.2 1.4 Green Arrow Up Darker 150 23 173 23 Green Arrow Up Darker
Invalid Votes 310,858 6.8 1.4 Red Arrow Down
Total Votes 4,547,167 100.0 0.0 Straight Line Steady
Electors/Turnout 5,581,162 81.5 0.6 Red Arrow Down

Allocation of leveling seats

The 23 leveling seats were allocated in the following order:

Party County
1   Social Democratic Party Olvek County
2   Bijani National Party Stolen Stree County
3   Bijani National Party Alar County
4   Christian Democratic Party Calendar County
5   Liberal Democratic Party Hadar City and County
6   Christian Democratic Party Crownland County
7   Christian Democratic Party Straven County
8   Christian Democratic Party Silver County
9   Christian Democratic Party Milikaf County
10   Bijani National Party Southport County
11   Country Party Raban County
12   Bijani National Party Kijuri County
13   Bijani National Party Ikaf County
14   Bijani National Party White Wolf County
15   Bijani National Party High Tide County
16   Social Democratic Party Barkal County
17   Christian Democratic Party Rockport County
18   Country Party Kalkal County
19   Social Democratic Party Copper County
20   Alliance of Dutch Voters Carbon County
21   Alliance of Dutch Voters Estuary County
22   Alliance of Dutch Voters Sunrise County
23   Alliance of Dutch Voters River Valley County


Elections in Bijan
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