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Polish legislative election, 1965

Polish legislative election, 1965
1961 ←
30 June 1965 (1965-06-30)
→ 1969

All 460 seats in the Sejm
  First party


Leader Władysław Gomułka
Party FJN - PZPR
Leader since 21 October 1956
Leader's seat Warsaw-Prague
Last election 412, 89.5%
Seats won 411 (PZPR - 255, ZSL - 117, SD - 39), 89.3%
Seat change -1

Premier before election

Józef Cyrankiewicz

New Premier

Józef Cyrankiewicz

Parliamentary elections were held in Poland on 30 May 1965.[1] They were the fourth elections to the Sejm, the parliament of the People's Republic of Poland, and fifth in Communist Poland. They took place on 30 May. The lists admitted were controlled by the Front of National Unity (FJN), in turn controlled by the Polish United Workers' Party (PZPR).

The distribution of seats was decided before the elections by the FJN, and electors had no possibility to change it. The results of the 1965 election would be duplicated, exactly, by the 1969 and 1972 elections.


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Front of National Unity Polish United Workers' Party 18,742,152 98.8 255 –1
United People's Party 117 0
Democratic Party 39 0
Independents 49 +1
Blank ballots 226,324 1.6
Invalid votes 13,840
Total 18,892,316 100 460 0
Registered voters/turnout 19,645,803 96.6
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

As the other parties and "independents" were in fact subordinate to PZPR, its control of the Sejm was, in fact, total.[2][3]


Further reading

  • Jerzy Drygalski, Jacek Kwasniewski, No-Choice Elections, JSTOR
  • George Sakwa, Martin Crouch, Sejm Elections in Communist Poland: An Overview and a Reappraisal, British Journal of Political Science, Vol. 8, No. 4 (Oct., 1978), pp. 403–424, JSTOR
  • Informacja o dziatalnoici Sejmu PRL. (IV kadencja 1965-1969) (Warsaw: Sejm Chancellory Publications, 1969),
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