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Gibraltar general election, 2015
Gibraltar
2011 ←
on or before 19 April 2016
→ 2019

17 seats to the Gibraltar Parliament
9 seats needed for a majority
  Fabian Picardo in London (portrait).jpg Daniel Feetham.jpg
Leader Fabian Picardo Daniel Feetham
Party Socialist Labour Social Democrats
Alliance Liberal
Leader since 2011 2013
Last election 85,414[1] (48.88%)[2] 81,721[1] (46.76%)[2]
Seats needed Decrease 2 Increase 4

Incumbent Chief Minister

Fabian Picardo
Socialist Labour

The next Gibraltar general election will elect all 17 members to the 3rd Gibraltar Parliament.

Timing and procedure[edit]

Under section 38(2) of the Gibraltar Constitution Order 2006, the parliament must be dissolved by the Governor four years after its first meeting following the last election (unless the Chief Minister advises the Governor to dissolve parliament sooner). Under section 37 of the Constitution, writs for a general election must be issued within thirty days of the dissolution and the general election must then be held no later than three months after the issuing of a writ.[3]

The first meeting of the current parliament took place on 21 December 2011,[4] meaning parliament must be dissolved by midnight on 20 December 2015, writs must be issued by 19 January 2016 and an election must take place before 19 April 2016. However, if recent precedent is followed, the Chief Minister is likely to ask the Governor for an early dissolution and an election to take place sometime by December 2015 (four years after the last election). Following the British tradition, elections conventionally take place on a Thursday.

2011 results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 8 December 2011 Gibraltar Parliament election results
Parties1 Votes2 % Seats
Alliance Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party 59,824 34.23 7
Gibraltar Liberal Party 25,590 14.64 3
Gibraltar Social Democrats 81,721 46.76 7
Progressive Democratic Party 7,622 4.36
Total (turnout 81.4%) 174,757 100.00 17
Source: Government of Gibraltar

1 These figures have been consolidated by party. Under the Gibraltar electoral system, all candidates are listed on the ballot paper individually.
2 Every voter has up to 10 votes to vote for their choice from all the candidates standing. Accordingly although there are more seats available, the main parties field 10 candidates and hope to secure 'block votes'. Thus the total of 174,757 votes comes from 21,712 voters, an 81.4% turnout of the electorate.

Current membership[edit]

The 17 Members of the second Gibraltar Parliament as at 5 July 2013, ordered alphabetically, are:

Albert Isola was elected at a by-election on 4 July 2013 after a seat had become vacant following the death of Bruzon, Charles Arthur in April 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gibraltar Parliament Election 2011 Results". Government of Gibraltar. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Oliva, Francis (9 December 2011). "Picardo Edges into Office with 2% Win". Gibraltar Chronicle. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Official text of the Gibraltar Constitution Order 2006" (PDF). gibraltarlaws.gov.gi. 14 December 2006. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  4. ^ "Reporting of the Proceedings of the Gibraltar Parliament" (PDF). parliament.gi. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 2013-09-01.