New Zealand general election, 1881

New Zealand general election, 1881
1881 general election
New Zealand
1879 ←
8 (Māori) & 9 (general) December 1881
→ 1884

All 95 seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives
Turnout 66.5%
  First party

  Sir John Hall, ca 1880.jpg

Leader John Hall
Party Independent

Leader's seat Selwyn
Last election 95 seats
Seats won 95
Seat change steady
Popular vote N/A
Percentage N/A
Swing N/A

Prime Minister before election

John Hall

Prime Minister-designate

John Hall

The New Zealand general election of 1881 was held 9 December to elect a total of 95 MPs to the 8th session of the New Zealand Parliament. The Māori vote was held on 8 December. A total number of 120,972 (66.5%) voters turned out to vote.[1]

1881 was the year first general election held under universal male suffrage; all MPs elected in single-member electorates; introduction of country quota allowing rural electorates to have 25% fewer voters than urban electorates; European and Māori seats' elections were held on single (but different) days.


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