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Belgian regional elections, 2014

Regional elections were held in Belgium on 25 May 2014 to choose representatives for the Flemish Parliament, Walloon Parliament, Brussels Parliament and the Parliament of the German-speaking Community. These elections were held on the same day as the 2014 European elections as well as the 2014 Belgian federal election.

The Parliament of the French Community is composed of all elected members of the Walloon Parliament (except German-speaking members) and 19 of the French-speaking members of the Brussels Parliament.

Flemish Parliament

Flemish parliamentary election, 2014

25 May 2014 (2014-05-25)

All 124 seats in the Flemish Parliament
63 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 92.67%
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Liesbeth Homans Kris Peeters Gwendolyn Rutten
Party Open VLD
Last election 16 seats, 13.06% 31 seats, 22.86% 21 seats, 14.99%
Seats won 43 27 19
Seat change Increase 27 Decrease 4 Decrease 2
Popular vote 1,339,946 860,694 594,469
Percentage 31.88% 20.48% 14.15%
Swing Increase 18.83 Decrease 2.37 Decrease 0.85

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader Bruno Tobback Wouter Van Besien Guy D'haeseleer
Party
Last election 19 seats, 15.27% 7 seats, 6.77% 21 seats, 15.28%
Seats won 18 10 6
Seat change Decrease 1 Increase 3 Decrease 15
Popular vote 587,903 365,781 248,840
Percentage 13.99% 8.7% 5.92%
Swing Decrease 1.28 Increase 1.94 Decrease 9.36

Flemish Government before election

Peeters II Government
CD&Vsp.aN-VA coalition

Elected Flemish Government

Bourgeois Government
N-VACD&VOpen Vld coalition

Number of seats per constituency in Flanders
Incumbent Minister-President Kris Peeters (CD&V)

All 124 members of the Flemish Parliament were elected. The five Flemish provinces (West Flanders, East Flanders, Antwerp, Flemish Brabant and Limburg) each are a constituency, plus the Brussels-Capital Region where those voting for a Dutch-language party can also vote in the Flemish election.

The incumbent Peeters II Government was made up of a coalition of CD&V, N-VA and sp.a. Minister-President Kris Peeters (CD&V) consistently polled as one of the most popular politicians in Flanders. He is a candidate to succeed himself as Minister-President. Other parties did not put forward an explicit candidate to be Minister-President.

Since the elections coincide with the federal elections, a lot of the campaigning and debates have been about federal matters. Nonetheless, the sixth state reform has transferred a lot of powers from the federal state to the regional level, such as child benefits.

Other major election topics include the reform of the secondary education, and mobility around Antwerp, in particular the Oosterweel Link.

Opinion polls

Date Polling Firm CD&V VB sp.a VLD N-VA Groen PVDA Others Lead
25 May 2014 Flemish Elections 20.5 5.9 14.0 14.2 31.9 8.7 2.5 2.3 11.4
16 May De Standaard 20.0 8.4 14.4 13.1 31.8 9.5 2.6 0.2 11.8
25 Apr De Standaard 20.0 6.7 14.5 12.7 33.2 9.1 1.7 2.1 13.2
23 Apr Le Soir 17.6 10.3 13.5 13.5 32.8 8.7 3.4 0.2 15.2
15 Apr La Libre Belgique 16.9 9.9 13.6 13.5 32.9 7.6 4.1 1.5 16.0
21 Feb La Libre Belgique 17.6 9.8 14.6 12.8 32.3 7.3 3.7 1.9 14.7
13 Feb Le Soir 18.5 7.6 13.3 13.3 style="background:
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