Andalusian parliamentary election, 1996

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Andalusian parliamentary election, 1996
1994 ←
3 March 1996 → 2000

All 109 seats in the Parliament of Andalusia
55 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Registered 5,577,567 Increase3.5%
Turnout 4,353,877 (78.1%)
Increase10.8 pp
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Manuel Chaves Javier Arenas Luis Carlos Rejón
Leader since 19 April 1990 25 July 1993 21 July 1988
Last election 45 seats, 38.7% 41 seats, 34.4% 20 seats, 19.1%
Seats won 52 40 13
Seat change Increase7 Decrease1 Decrease7
Popular vote 1,909,160 1,467,700 603,495
Percentage 44.1% 33.9% 14.0%
Swing Increase5.4 pp Decrease0.5 pp Decrease5.1 pp

  Fourth party
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Leader Pedro Pacheco
Party PA
Leader since 29 December 1989
Last election 3 seats, 5.8%
Seats won 4
Seat change Increase1
Popular vote 287,764
Percentage 6.7%
Swing Increase0.9 pp

Andalusian Parliament Elections 1996.svg

Province-level units won by PSOE (red) and PP (blue).

President before election

Manuel Chaves

Elected President

Manuel Chaves

The 1996 Andalusian parliamentary election was held on Sunday, 3 March 1996, to elect the 5th Parliament of Andalusia, the regional legislature of the Spanish autonomous community of Andalusia. At stake were all 109 seats in the Parliament, determining the President of the Regional Government of Andalusia. It was held concurrently with the countrywide general election held on the same day.

The PSOE won the election with a greater relative majority than before, enabling it to require the support of only the Andalusian Party in order for Socialist candidate Manuel Chaves González to be invested as President of Andalusia, ending the period of instability that had dominated the previous legislature.

Electoral system[edit]

The 109 members of the Parliament of Andalusia were elected in 8 multi-member districts, corresponding to Andalusia's eight provinces, using the D'Hondt method and a closed-list proportional representation system. Each district was entitled to an initial minimum of 8 seats, with the remaining 45 seats allocated among the eight provinces in proportion to their populations, on the condition that the number of seats in each district did not exceed 2 times those of any other. For the 1996 election, seats were distributed as follows: Almeria (11), Cadiz (15), Cordoba (13), Granada (13), Huelva (11), Jaen (12), Malaga (15) and Seville (19).

Voting was on the basis of universal suffrage in a secret ballot. Only lists polling above 3% of valid votes in each district (which includes blank ballots—for none of the above) were entitled to enter the seat distribution.[1][2]

Opinion polls[edit]


Poll results are listed in the table below in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first. The highest percentage figure in each polling survey is displayed in bold, and the background shaded in the leading party's colour. In the instance that there is a tie, then no figure is shaded. The lead column on the right shows the percentage-point difference between the two parties with the highest figures. Poll results use the date the survey's fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. However, if such date is unknown, the date of publication will be given instead.


Opinion polls showing seat projections are displayed in the table below. The highest seat figures in each polling survey have their background shaded in the leading party's colour. In the instance that there is a tie, then no figure is shaded. 55 seats were required for an absolute majority in the Parliament of Andalusia.



Summary of the 3 March 1996 Andalusian Parliament election results
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Party Vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party of Andalusia (PSOE-A) 1,909,160 44.13 Increase5.41 52 Increase7
People's Party (PP) 1,467,700 33.92 Decrease0.44 40 Decrease1
United Left The Greens-Assembly for Andalusia (IULV-CA) 603,495 13.95 Decrease5.19 13 Decrease7
Andalusian Party (PA) 287,764 6.65 Increase0.85 4 Increase1
Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain (PCPE) 7,340 0.17 Decrease0.17 0 ±0
Andalusian Nation (NA) 5,846 0.14 Decrease0.13 0 ±0
Humanist Party (PH) 4,339 0.10 Decrease0.05 0 ±0
Authentic Spanish Falange (FEA) 3,869 0.09 New 0 ±0
Centrist Union (UC) 1,688 0.04 Decrease0.23 0 ±0
Democratic Andalusian Unity (UAD) 1,486 0.03 New 0 ±0
Andalusian People's Voice (VDPA) 840 0.02 New 0 ±0
Blank ballots 33,165 0.77 Decrease0.08
Total 4,326,692 100.00 109 ±0
Valid votes 4,326,692 99.38 Decrease0.02
Invalid votes 27,185 0.62 Increase0.02
Votes cast / turnout 4,353,877 78.06 Increase10.79
Abstentions 1,223,690 21.94 Decrease10.79
Registered voters 5,577,567
Source: Argos Information Portal
Vote share
Blank ballots
Parliamentary seats

Results by province[edit]

Election results by province.