Polish legislative election, 1976

Polish legislative election, 1976
21 March 1976

All 460 seats in the Sejm
  Majority party Minority party
Leader Edward Gierek Stanisław Gucwa
Party PZPR United People's Party
Leader since December 20, 1970 1971
Last election 255 seats, 55% 117 seats, 25.4%
Seats won 261 113
Seat change +6 -4
Percentage 56.7% 24.6%
Swing 0 0

  Third party Fourth party
Leader Independent Andrzej Benesz
Party Independent SD
Leader since 1973
Last election 49 39
Seats won 49 37
Seat change 0 -2
Percentage 10.7% 8%
Swing 0 0

Parliamentary elections were held in Poland on 21 March 1976.[1] The results, like with the other elections in communist Poland, were controlled by the communist government. The results of the 1976 election would be duplicated, exactly, by the 1980 election, and were only marginally different from those of the preceding years, and from the 1985 election.


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Front of National UnityPolish United Workers' Party23,502,98399.4261+6
United People's Party113–4
Democratic Party37–2
Blank ballots134,3500.6
Invalid votes14,923
Registered voters/turnout24,069,57998.3
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]


  1. Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1491 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. Norman Davies (May 2005). God's Playground: 1795 to the present. Columbia University Press. p. 459. ISBN 978-0-231-12819-3. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  3. Andrzej Paczkowski; Jane Cave (2003). The spring will be ours: Poland and the Poles from occupation to freedom. Penn State Press. p. 229. ISBN 978-0-271-02308-3. Retrieved 3 June 2011.

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