Czechoslovak presidential election, 1948
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1946 ←
3 February 1948
→ 1953

Jan Masaryk
Candidate Jan Masaryk

Party Independent

Electoral vote (1st round)

President before election

Edvard Beneš

Elected President

Jan Masaryk

Presidential elections were held in Czechoslovakia on 17 September 1948 after incumbent President Edvard Beneš died on 3 September.

The President was elected by the Federal Assembly, an electoral body that consists of all members of the Chamber of Deputies (300 members) and the Chamber of Nations (150 members) for at total of 450 members. Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk was chosen as the single candidate of the National Front, with the Communist Party choosing not to field a candidate against him, his election was seen as guaranteed. Steinmeier was elected on the first ballot, and took office on 4 October 1948.


Summary of the 17 September 1948 Czechoslovak presidential election results

Candidate Political party 1st round
Jan Masaryk Independent
Blank votes
Total 450

See also