Pontevedra (Spanish Congress Electoral District)

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Location of Pontevedra electoral district in Spain

Pontevedra is one of the 52 electoral districts (circunscripciónes) used for the Spanish Congress of Deputies - the lower chamber of the Spanish Parliament, the Cortes Generales. It is one of the four electoral districts which correspond to the provinces of Galicia. Vigo is the largest city with an electorate of nearly 250,000 while Pontevedra is the only other municipality with more than 50,000 voters.

Boundaries and electoral system[edit]

Under Article 68 of the Spanish constitution [1] the boundaries must be the same as the province of Pontevedra and under Article 140 this can only be altered with the approval of congress. Voting is on the basis of universal suffrage in a secret ballot. The electoral system used is closed list proportional representation with seats allocated using the D'Hondt method. Only lists which poll 3% or more of all valid votes cast, including votes "en blanco" i.e. for "none of the above" can be considered for seats. Under article 12 of the constitution, the minimum voting age is 18.

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Eligibility[edit]

Article 67.3 of the Spanish Constitution prohibits dual membership of the Cortes and regional assemblies, meaning that candidates must resign from Regional Assemblies if elected. Article 70 also makes active judges, magistrates, public defenders, serving military personnel, active police officers and members of constitutional and electoral tribunals ineligible.[1]

Number of members[edit]

Pontevedra returned eight members at every election from 1977 until 2000. For the most recent election in 2004 it lost a seat and now elects seven members.

Under Spanish electoral law, all provinces are entitled to a minimum of 2 seats with a remaining 248 seats apportioned according to population.[2] These laws are laid out in detail in the 1985 electoral law. (Ley Orgánica del Régimen Electoral General) The practical effect of this has been to overrepreseent smaller provinces at the expense of larger provinces like Pontevedra. Pontevedra had a ratio of 121,244 voters per deputy in 2004 [3] a figure above the Spanish average of 98,777 voters per deputy.[4]

Summary of seats won 1977–2008[edit]

1977 1979 1982 1986 1989 1993 1996 2000 2004 2008
Democratic Centre Union 6 5 1
People's Party 1 1 4 4 4 5 4 5 3 3
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party 1 2 3 3 4 3 3 2 3 3
Democratic and Social Centre 1
Galician Nationalist Bloc 1 1 1 1

Seats shown for the People's Party include seats won by their predecessors, the Popular Alliance and the Popular Coalition.

Results[edit]

2004 General Election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 14 March 2004 Congress of Deputies election results in Pontevedra.
Parties and alliances Votes % Seats Members elected
People's Party (Partido Popular) 279,454 45.99 3
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (Partido Socialista Obrero Español) 228,016 37.53 3
Galician Nationalist Bloc (Bloque Nacionalista Gallego) 70,763 11.65 1
United Left 13,158 2.17 0
Others 6,216 1.00 0

Source: [5]

2000 General Election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 12 March 2000 Congress of Deputies election results in Pontevedra.
Parties and alliances Votes % Seats Members elected
People's Party (Partido Popular) 284,955 53.42 5
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (Partido Socialista Obrero Español) 122,834 23.03 2
Galician Nationalist Bloc (Bloque Nacionalista Gallego) 104,453 19.58 1
United Left 7,883 1.48 0
Others 5,907 1.10 0

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Spanish Constitution
  2. ^ General features of Spanish electoral system
  3. ^ Pontevedra election result 2004
  4. ^ 2004 Spanish election
  5. ^ Interior ministry link to election results