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The 1949 Howland presidential election was the first presidential election to be held in Howland.  It took place on Saturday, June 25, 1949, with the winner scheduled to be inaugurated as the first President of Howland on August 15, 1949.  Elections to both chambers of the National Assembly of Howland, the House of Representatives and the Senate, were held on the same day.

Unlike all subsequent presidential elections in Howland, the 1949 election was held pursuant to the transitory provisions in the Constitution, rather than the main text of the Constitution itself.  This was due to the fact that the National Assembly of Howland and many of the various local government councils had not yet been formed.  While the election itself was conducted identically to the way all future elections would be, the process for nominating candidates and the agencies responsible for counting the votes and certifying the result was different.

The election had four candidates: Adam Benson, John Grimley, Martin Norris and Harold Zane.  Benson was put forth by the Independence Party of Howland, and Zane was nominated by the Howland Social Democrats.  Grimley and Norris stood as independents.

Adam Benson was ultimately elected the first President of Howland.  Zane finished in second place.

Results

Party Candidate Primary
vote
 % Pv Swing
  Independence Party of Howland Adam Benson 191,066 45.99 *
  Howland Social Democrats Harold Zane 160,644 38.66 *
  Non-Party Candidate John Grimley 38,555 9.28 *
  Non-Party Candidate Martin Norris 25,221 6.07 *
valid votes 415,486 97.17 *
invalid votes 12,093 2.83 *
turnout 427,579 96.27 *
Two-party-preferred result
  Independence Party of Howland Adam Benson 232,645 55.99 *
  Howland Social Democrats Harold Zane 182,841 44.01 *



Elections in Howland
Presidential 19491955196119671973 • 19791985 • 199119972003
20092015
House of
Representatives
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