Balearic parliamentary election, 2011
The 2011 elections to the Balearic Islands Parliament were the eighth elections to the unicameral regional legislature of the Spanish autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. The elections were held on 22 May 2011 to elect the 59 members of the Assembly. Voting was in four electoral districts corresponding to the islands of Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Majorca elected thirty three members, Menorca thirteen, Ibiza twelve and Formentera one.
Voting was on the basis of universal suffrage in a secret ballot. The electoral system used was closed list proportional representationwith seats allocated in each electoral district using the D'Hondt method. Only lists which polled at least 3% of the votes in a particular district (including votes "en blanco" i.e. for "none of the above") were eligible for seats.
Political control of the islands had fluctuated in the preceding elections with the People's Party (PP) losing their majority and consequently, control to a coalition headed by the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) at the 2007 elections. The 2011 elections saw the PP regain their overall majority. The gains came largely at the expense of United Left, Convergència per les Illes (formerly Majorcan Union,) Republican Left and The Greens, all of whom lost their representation in the legislature. These parties had all won seats as part of various coalitions in the previous elections.
One of the first tasks of the Assembly was to elect the President of the Balearic Islands from among their number, with José Ramón Bauzà set to replace the current President, Francesc Antich, incumbent since 2007.
Parties currently represented in Parliament
|PP||José Ramón Bauzà|
|Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSIB-PSOE)||Francesc Antich|
|Majorca Socialist Party - IniciativaVerds - Entesa per Mallorca (PSM-IV-ExM)||Gabriel Barceló|
|Esquerra Alternativa i Verda (EAiV)||Manel Carmona|
|Majorcan Union (UM)||Josep Melià Ques|
|Ibiza for change (ExC)||Miquel Ramon |
Parties currently unrepresented in Parliament
|Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD)||Juan Luis Calbarro|
|Lliga Regionalista de les Illes Balears (IB-LLIGA)||Jaume Font |
An opinion poll carried out by the Balearic Islands government and published on 5 April 2011 suggested that the PP would regain their overall majority with 30-31 seats.
- Balearic Islands election results historiaelectoral.com, accessed 18 April 2011
- ExC decide ir en solitario a las elecciones y proclama a Albert Prats como candidato al Consell - Diario de Ibiza Diario de Ibiza 6 March 2011
- La Lliga ayudará a gobernar al partido que se comprometa a desarrollar el Estatut en su totalidad en dos años - Mallorca Diario
- Un sondeo de un organismo dependiente del Gobierno de Francesc Antich da la mayoría absoluta al PP en Baleares: ERC e IU quedarían fuera del Parlamento, El Confidencial Autonomico, 5 April 2011 accessed 18 April 2011
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