Table 2: Electoral variables

Variable names

Description of the variables

1. Identification variables



Name of territorial unit/constituency


Type of area (e.g., rural/urban/overall; national totals)

2. Electorate and ballot variables



Number of seats to be returned by constituency


Persons eligible to vote/electorate


Number of voters/ballots cast

3. Voting variables


VV (also VVX and VVY)

Number of valid votes

Political parties (e.g., PDC)

Official name of the party (Parti démocrate chrétien)


Other parties/dispersed votes


Unknown votes


Note: There is more than one 'unit' variable when several levels of aggregation are available. Names of the constituencies are given in the 'value labels' space of the programme.

Legend: 'vvx' stands for the number of votes in case of multiple voting (as many votes as there are seats to be returned by a given constituency) while 'vvy' stands for an estimation taking the values back to the 'one (wo)man, one vote' equivalence.