1982 Malaysian general election

A general election was held between Thursday, 22 April and Monday, 26 April 1982 for members of the 6th Parliament of Malaysia.[1] Voting took place in all 154 parliamentary constituencies of Malaysia, each electing one Member of Parliament to the Dewan Rakyat, the dominant house of Parliament. State elections also took place in 293 state constituencies in 11 (out of 13, except Sabah and Sarawak) states of Malaysia on the same day.

1982 Malaysian general election

22 April 1982 (1982-04-22) - 26 April 1982 (1982-04-26)

All 154 seats to the Dewan Rakyat
78 seats needed for a majority
Registered6,081,628
Turnout4,296,312 (75.4%)
  First party Second party Third party
  PAS
Leader Mahathir Mohamad Lim Kit Siang Asri Muda
Party BN DAP PAS
Leader since 28 June 1981 1 October 1969 1970
Leader's seat Kubang Pasu Kota Melaka No seat
Last election 131 seats, 57.2% 16 seats, 19.1% 5 seats, 15.5%
Seats won 132 9 5
Seat change 1 7
Popular vote 2,522,079 815,473 602,530
Percentage 60.5% 19.6% 14.5%
Swing 3.3% 0.5% 1.0%

Prime Minister before election

Mahathir Mohamad
BN

Prime Minister-designate

Mahathir Mohamad
BN

The result was a victory for Barisan Nasional, which won 132 of the 154 seats. Voter turnout was 75.4%.

Results

Dewan Rakyat

 Summary of the 22 – 26 April 1982 Malaysian Dewan Rakyat election results
Party Vote Seats
Votes % Won % +/–
National Front[lower-alpha 1]BN2,522,07960.5413285.71+1
United Malays National OrganisationUMNO7045.450
Malaysian Chinese AssociationMCA2415.58+7
Sabah People's United FrontBERJAYA106.49+1
United Traditional Bumiputera PartyPBB28,70085.190
Sarawak National PartySNAP41,29563.90-3
Sarawak United People's PartySUPP81,99353.25-1
Malaysian People's Movement PartyGerakan53.25+1
Malaysian Indian CongressMIC42.60+1
United Sabah National OrganisationUSNO00.00-5
People's Progressive PartyPPP00.000
Democratic Action PartyDAP815,47319.5895.84-7
Pan-Malaysian Islamic PartyPAS602,53014.4653.250
Sarawak People's OrganisationSAPO1780.0000.00-1
Malaysian People's Socialist PartyPSRM00.000
Other parties68,2081.6400.000
Social Democratic PartySDP00.00New
Homeland Consciousness UnionKITA00.000
Workers PartyWP00.00New
Sarawak Native People's PartyPAJAR1,41500.000
Parti Perhimpunan Sosial BersatuPUSAKA00.00New
Parti Demokratik Rakyat SabahSR00.00New
Sabah Chinese AssociationSCA00.000
Sabah Chinese United PartySCUP00.00New
Parti Umat SarawakUMAT00.000
Parti Negara Rakyat SarawakNEGARA00.000
IndependentsIND157,2293.7785.19+7
Valid votes4,165,697
Invalid/blank votes130,615
Total (turnout: 75.4%)4,296,312100.00154100.000
Did not vote1,785,316
Registered voters6,081,628
Voting age population (aged 21 years and above)6,828,160
Malaysian population14,528,000
Source: Nohlen et al. ,
  1. Contested using dacing election symbol on the ballot papers.

Results by state

State Assemblies

References

  1. Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p152 ISBN 0-19-924959-8
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