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1956 Peruvian general election

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General elections were held in Peru on 17 June 1956 to elect the President and both houses of the Congress.[1] Manuel Prado Ugarteche of the Pradist Democratic Movement won the presidential election with 45.5% of the vote. They were the first elections in Peru in which women could vote,[2] and nine women were elected to Congress; Manuela Billinghurst, Alicia Blanco Montesinos, Lola Blanco Montesinos, María Colina Lozano, Matilde Pérez Palacio, Carlota Ramos de Santolaya, María Eleonora Silva Silva and Juana Ubilluz de Palacios were elected to the Chamber of Deputies, while Irene Silva de Santolalla became the first woman elected to the Senate.[3]



Manuel Prado UgartechePradist Democratic Movement567,71345.48
Fernando Belaúnde TerryDemocratic Youth Front457,96636.69
Hernando de Lavalle VargasNational Unity–Democratic Concordance222,61917.83
Valid votes1,248,29894.27
Invalid/blank votes75,9315.73
Total votes1,324,229100.00
Registered voters/turnout1,575,74184.04
Source: Nohlen


Pradist Democratic Movement24
National Unification8
José Gálvez list6
Democratic Youth Front5
Augusto Guzmán list2
Rodrigo Alonso list2
Luis González list2
Christian Democrat Party2
Wilson Sologuren list1
Edgardo Portaro list1
Source: JNE

Chamber of Deputies

Pradist Democratic Movement64
National Unification41
Democratic Youth Front21
José Gálvez list15
Augusto Guzmán list12
Rodrigo Alonso list8
Luis González list8
Christian Democrat Party5
Wilson Sologuren list3
Edgardo Portaro list1
Cuzqueña Democratic Alliance1
Ayacuchano Electoral Front1
Juan Lozno list1
Independent Civic Union1
Source: JNE


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume II, p454 ISBN 978-0-19-928358-3
  2. ^ Nohlen, p450
  3. ^ Primeras Mujeres Parlamentarias 1956-1962 Congress of Peru
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