Polish legislative election, 1980

Polish legislative election, 1980
23 March 1980 (1980-03-23)

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 261 seats, 56.7% 117 seats, 25.4%
Seats won 261 113
Seat change 0 0
Percentage 56.7% 24.6%
Swing 0 0

  Third party Fourth party
Leader Independent Tadeusz Witold Młyńczak
Party Independent SD
Leader since 1976
Last election 49 37
Seats won 49 37
Seat change 0 0
Percentage 10.7% 8%
Swing 0 0

Parliamentary elections were held in Poland on 23 March 1980.[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. The election of 1985 once again produced only marginally different results.


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Front of National UnityPolish United Workers' Party24,683,05699.52610
United People's Party1130
Democratic Party370
Blank ballots119,5560.5
Invalid votes13,692
Registered voters/turnout25,098,81698.9
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. 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.
  3. 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.

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