Portuguese local election, 2005

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Portuguese local elections, 2005
Portugal
2001 ←
9 October 2005 → 2009

All 308 Portuguese municipalities and 4,260 Portuguese Parishes
All 2,046 local government councils
  First party Second party Third party
  Luís Marques Mendes.jpg Socrates2006-2t.jpg Jerónimo de Sousa.jpg
Leader Luís Marques Mendes José Sócrates Jerónimo de Sousa
Party Social Democratic Socialist Democratic Unity Coalition
Popular vote 2,150,710 1,933,041 589,384
Percentage 39.9% 35.9% 10.9%
Mayors 158 109 32
Mayors +/– Decrease 1 Decrease 4 Increase 4
Councillors 911 853 203
Councillors +/– Increase 5 Increase 3 Increase 4
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The Portuguese local election of 2005 took place on 9 October. The election consisted of three separate elections in the 308 Portuguese municipalities, the election for the Municipal Chambers, whose winner is elected mayor, another election for the Municipal Assembly and a last one for the lower-level Parish Assembly, whose winner is elected parish president. This last was held separately in the more than 4,000 parishes around the country.

The Socialist Party may be considered the major defeated party of this election due to a slight loss of mandates. The Socialists did, however, achieve a better percentage of the vote in relation to the election of 2001.

On the right, the Social Democratic Party stole some municipalities from the Socialists, some of them in coalition with the People's Party that was reduced to only one municipality in stand-alone candidacies, Ponte de Lima, continuing its decline in comparison, for example, with the 36 mayors achieved in 1976.

On the left, the Unitarian Democratic Coalition, led by the Communist Party, regained some of its former influence, taking 4 municipalities and several parishes from the Socialists in the districts of Beja, Évora and Setúbal and Leiria achieving a total of 32 mayors, and winning, for the first time, the election in Peniche. The Leftwing Bloc kept the presidency of its single municipality, Salvaterra de Magos.

The election was also remarkable for the several victories of independent candidates, most of them former Socialist, Social Democratic and People's Party candidates who were expelled or given no confidence by their respective parties and, even so, became mayors. The best known were Valentim Loureiro in Gondomar, Fátima Felgueiras in Felgueiras and Isaltino Morais in Oeiras.

Parties[edit]

The main political forces involved in the election were:

National summary of votes and seats[edit]

Municipal Councils[edit]

The first and the second most voted parties in each district (Azores and Madeira are not shown)
Most voted parties or coalitions in each Municipality. Municipality won by
- PSD - PS - CDU - BE - CDS–PP - PSD-CDS–PP – PSD-CDS–PP-PPM - PSD-CDS–PP-PPM-MPT
- Independents
e • d Summary of the 9 October 2005 Municipal Councils elections results
Parties Votes % Candidacies Councillors Mayors
# ± # ±
Socialist 1,933,041 35.87 307 853 Increase24 109 Decrease4
Social Democratic 1,523,526 28.27 245 742 Decrease32 138 Decrease4
Democratic Unity Coalition 589,384 10.94 301 203 Increase4 32 Increase4
Social Democratic / People's Party 462,199 8.58 42 131 Increase17 18 Increase3
People's 165,192 3.07 185 30 Decrease9 1 Steady0
Left Bloc 158,953 2.95 111 7 Increase1 1 Steady0
Independents 133,380 2.47 27 45 Increase14 7 Increase4
PSD / CDS–PP / PPM 91,455 1.70 12 20 Increase10 1 Steady0
PSD / CDS–PP / PPM / MPT 71,153 1.32 3 11 1
Workers' Communist Party 15,421 0.29 19 0 Steady0 0 Steady0
Humanist Party 5,096 0.09 13 0 Steady0 0 Steady0
New Democracy 2,045 0.04 4 0 0
National Renovator Party 1,759 0.03 5 0 Steady0 0 Steady0
PSD / CDS–PP / MPT 1,670 0.03 1 2 0
Earth Party 1,582 0.03 4 0 Decrease4 0 Decrease1
PSD / PPM 707 0.01 1 0 Decrease8 0 Decrease1
PND / PPM 439 0.01 1 0 0
National Solidarity Party 244 0.00 1 0 0
People's Party / Social Democratic 109 0.00 1 0 Decrease6 0 Steady0
CDS–PP / PSD / PPM 11 0.00 1 0 0
Total valid 5,159,104 95.73 2,046 Increase2 308 Steady0
Blank ballots 139,012 2.58
Invalid ballots 90,919 1.69
Total (turnout 60.94%) 5,389,035 100.00

Municipal Assemblies[edit]

The first and the second most voted parties in each district (Azores and Madeira are not shown)
e • d Summary of the 9 October 2005 Municipal Assemblies elections results
Parties Votes % Candidacies Mandates
# ±
Socialist 1,923,468 35.68 307 2,794 Increase73
Social Democratic 1,454,256 26.98 245 2,416 Decrease52
Democratic Unity Coalition 628,881 11.67 301 722 Increase13
Social Democratic / People's Party 454,972 8.44 41 407 Decrease20
Left Bloc 212,652 3.95 115 114 Increase86
People's 175,927 3.26 162 190 Decrease63
Independents 115,999 2.15 25 121 Increase28
PSD / CDS–PP / PPM 90,670 1.68 13 73 Increase33
PSD / CDS–PP / PPM / MPT 66,190 1.23 3 27
Workers' Communist Party 8,620 0.16 9 1 Steady0
People's Party / Social Democratic 2,768 0.05 2 6 Decrease13
PSD / CDS–PP / MPT 1,641 0.03 1 6
Earth Party 1,590 0.03 1 0 Decrease18
New Democracy 1,590 0.03 2 1
People's Monarchist Party 1,011 0.02 6 5 Increase5
PND / PPM 831 0.02 1 0
PSD / PPM 760 0.01 1 2 Decrease21
Humanist Party 200 0.00 2 0 Steady0
CDS–PP / PSD / PPM 8 0.00 1 0
Total valid 5,161,181 95.72 6,885 Increase9
Blank ballots 138,424 2.57
Invalid ballots 92,140 1.71
Total (turnout 60.94%) 5,391,745 100.00

Parish Assemblies[edit]

The first and the second most voted parties in each district (Azores and Madeira are not shown)
e • d Summary of the 9 October 2005 Parish Assemblies elections results
Parties Votes % Candidacies Mandates Presidents
# ± # ±
Socialist 1,903,166 35.37 3,711 13,460 Increase265 1,518 Decrease5
Social Democratic 1,433,256 26.64 3,065 12,447 Increase299 1,723 Increase74
Democratic Unity Coalition 648,622 12.05 2,239 2,576 Increase110 244 Increase12
Social Democratic / People's Party 411,633 7.65 529 2,065 Decrease59 219 Increase4
Independents 245,659 4.57 568 2,201 Decrease206 292 Decrease19
Left Bloc 146,898 2.73 448 229 Increase183 3 Decrease3
People's 144,575 2.69 1,043 826 Decrease144 65 Decrease14
PSD / CDS–PP / PPM / MPT 95,175 1.77 45 216 19
PSD / CDS–PP / PPM 84,398 1.57 125 400 Increase98 34 Increase2
Workers' Communist Party 3,635 0.07 28 0 Decrease1 0 Steady0
New Democracy 3,184 0.06 16 7 0
Earth Party 3,100 0.06 7 23 Decrease97 3 Decrease15
PSD / CDS–PP / MPT 1,756 0.03 12 32 3
People's Party / Social Democratic 1,448 0.03 2 10 Decrease57 2 Decrease6
Humanist Party 824 0.02 10 0 Steady0 0 Steady0
PSD / PPM 807 0.02 5 6 Decrease259 0 Decrease18
National Solidarity Party 72 0.00 5 0 0
National Renovator Party 38 0.00 1 0 0
People's Monarchist Party 27 0.00 1 0 Decrease1 0 Steady0
Total valid 5,130,086 95.31 34,498 4,125
Blank ballots 151,527 2.82
Invalid ballots 101,067 1.88
Total (turnout 60.94%) 5,382,680 100.00

End notes[edit]

Further Notes:

References[edit]

  • "CNE Resultados". Comissão Nacional de Eleições. Retrieved 17 January 2006.