2011 Riojan regional election

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2011 Riojan regional election

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All 33 seats in the Parliament of La Rioja
17 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Registered242,007 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg1.8%
Turnout168,826 (69.8%)
Red Arrow Down.svg3.5 pp
  First party Second party Third party
  Pedro Sanz 2012 (cropped).jpg Portrait placeholder.svg Portrait placeholder.svg
Leader Pedro Sanz Francisco Martínez-Aldama Miguel González de Legarra
Leader since 2 October 1993 30 July 2000 16 December 1995
Last election 17 seats, 48.8% 14 seats, 40.4% 2 seats, 6.0%
Seats won 20 11 2
Seat change Green Arrow Up Darker.svg3 Red Arrow Down.svg3 Arrow Blue Right 001.svg0
Popular vote 85,975 50,169 8,983
Percentage 52.0% 30.3% 5.4%
Swing Green Arrow Up Darker.svg3.2 pp Red Arrow Down.svg10.1 pp Red Arrow Down.svg0.6 pp

President before election

Pedro Sanz

Elected President

Pedro Sanz

The 2011 Riojan regional election was held on Sunday, 22 May 2011, to elect the 8th Parliament of the Autonomous Community of La Rioja. All 33 seats in the Parliament were up for election. The election was held simultaneously with regional elections in twelve other autonomous communities and local elections all throughout Spain.

The People's Party (PP) had formed the government of the region since the 1995 election, holding a majority of seats since then. As a result of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) collapse at the national level, the PP increased its majority, gaining 3 seats and obtaining its best historical result in a regional election; the same 3 seats that were lost by the PSOE, which obtained its worst result ever. The Riojan Party (PR) held its 2 seats with a slightly reduced vote share.


Electoral system[edit]

The Parliament of La Rioja was the devolved, unicameral legislature of the autonomous community of La Rioja, having legislative power in regional matters as defined by the Spanish Constitution and the Riojan Statute of Autonomy, as well as the ability to vote confidence in or withdraw it from a President of the Autonomous Community.[1] Voting for the Parliament was on the basis of universal suffrage, which comprised all nationals over eighteen, registered in La Rioja and in full enjoyment of their political rights. Amendments to the electoral law in 2011 required for Riojans abroad to apply for voting before being permitted to vote, a system known as "begged" or expat vote (Spanish: Voto rogado).[2]

The 33 members of the Parliament of La Rioja were elected using the D'Hondt method and a closed list proportional representation, with a threshold of 5 percent of valid votes—which included blank ballots—being applied regionally. Parties not reaching the threshold were not taken into consideration for seat distribution.[1][3]

The electoral law provided that parties, federations, coalitions and groupings of electors were allowed to present lists of candidates. However, groupings of electors were required to secure the signature of at least 1 percent of the electors registered in La Rioja. Electors were barred from signing for more than one list of candidates. Concurrently, parties and federations intending to enter in coalition to take part jointly at an election were required to inform the relevant Electoral Commission within ten days of the election being called.[3][4][5]

Election date[edit]

The term of the Parliament of La Rioja expired four years after the date of its previous election. Elections to the Parliament were fixed for the fourth Sunday of May every four years. The previous election was held on 27 May 2007, setting the election date for the Parliament on Sunday, 22 May 2011.[1][3][4][5]

The President of the Autonomous Community had the prerogative to dissolve the Parliament of La Rioja and call a snap election, provided that no motion of no confidence was in process, no nationwide election was due and some time requirements were met: namely, that dissolution did not occur either during the first legislative session or within the legislature's last year ahead of its scheduled expiry, nor before one year has elapsed since a previous dissolution. In the event of an investiture process failing to elect a regional President within a two-month period from the first ballot, the Parliament was to be automatically dissolved and a fresh election called. Any snap election held as a result of these circumstances would not alter the period to the next ordinary election, with elected deputies merely serving out what remained of their four-year terms.[1]

Opinion polls[edit]

The table below lists voting intention estimates in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first and using the dates when the survey fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. Where the fieldwork dates are unknown, the date of publication is given instead. The highest percentage figure in each polling survey is displayed with its background shaded in the leading party's colour. If a tie ensues, this is applied to the figures with the highest percentages. The "Lead" column on the right shows the percentage-point difference between the parties with the highest percentages in a given poll. When available, seat projections are also displayed below the voting estimates in a smaller font. 17 seats were required for an absolute majority in the Parliament of La Rioja.


Summary of the 22 May 2011 Parliament of La Rioja election results
Parties and coalitions Popular vote Seats
Votes % ±pp Total +/−
People's Party (PP) 85,975 51.98 +3.17 20 +3
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 50,169 30.33 –10.08 11 –3
Riojan Party (PR) 8,983 5.43 –0.57 2 ±0
United Left of La Rioja (IU) 6,114 3.70 +0.64 0 ±0
Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD) 5,891 3.56 New 0 ±0
Greens of La Rioja–Ecolo (Ecolo–V) 2,041 1.23 New 0 ±0
For a Fairer World (PUM+J) 697 0.42 New 0 ±0
Anti-Bullfighting Party Against Mistreatment of Animals (PACMA) 567 0.34 New 0 ±0
Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain (PCPE) 482 0.29 New 0 ±0
Blank ballots 4,496 2.72 +1.00
Total 165,415 33 ±0
Valid votes 165,415 97.98 –1.23
Invalid votes 3,411 2.02 +1.23
Votes cast / turnout 168,826 69.76 –3.54
Abstentions 73,181 30.24 +3.54
Registered voters 242,007
Popular vote
Blank ballots


Opinion poll sources
  1. ^ "El PP blinda sus feudos". La Razón (in Spanish). 16 May 2011. Archived from the original on 16 September 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "El PP podría recuperar la alcaldía de Palma de Mallorca". Antena 3 (in Spanish). 7 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Encuesta de TNS para Antena 3 y Onda Cero. Elecciones 22M. Expectativas electorales en La Rioja" (PDF). TNS Demoscopia (in Spanish). 7 May 2011. Archived from the original on 26 June 2012.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "El PSOE se rinde al PP". La Razón (in Spanish). 25 April 2011. Archived from the original on 25 June 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "El PP ganaría un escaño a costa del PSOE, según la encuesta de NC Report para La Razón". ForoCoches (in Spanish). 25 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Barómetro electoral autonómico" (PDF). Celeste-Tel (in Spanish). 9 May 2011.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Preelectoral elecciones autonómicas, 2011. Comunidad Autónoma de La Rioja (Estudio nº 2882. Marzo-Abril 2011)" (PDF). CIS (in Spanish). 5 May 2011.
  8. ^ "El PSOE fija su objetivo: salvar los muebles". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 6 May 2011.
  9. ^ "El Mundo 25-27 de Abril 2011". El Mundo (in Spanish). 25 April 2011.
  10. ^ "Sanz consolida su ventaja en La Rioja (El Mundo)". Electómetro (in Spanish). 25 April 2011. Archived from the original on 27 April 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  11. ^ "Pedro Sanz afronta con tranquilidad su quinta reelección". ABC (in Spanish). 8 May 2011.
  12. ^ "El PP amplía su ventaja". El Correo (in Spanish). 8 May 2011.
  13. ^ "El PP refuerza su mayoría en La Rioja y recupera Logroño". ABC (in Spanish). 20 March 2011.
  14. ^ "Aumenta la ventaja del PP frente al PSOE en La Rioja (El Mundo)". Electómetro (in Spanish). 7 January 2011. Archived from the original on 13 January 2011.
  15. ^ "Caso electoral histórico en más comunidades autónomas (El Mundo)". Electómetro (in Spanish). 1 June 2010. Archived from the original on 22 June 2010.
  16. ^ "El PP refuerza su hegemonía". Diario La Rioja (in Spanish). 23 May 2010.
  17. ^ "El PP ganaría hasta 2 escaños más a costa de PSOE y PR (La Rioja)". Electómetro (in Spanish). 25 May 2010. Archived from the original on 3 June 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  18. ^ "El PP reeditaría la mayoría absoluta y recuperaría la Alcaldía de Logroño". Diario La Rioja (in Spanish). 22 April 2010.
  19. ^ "Un sondeo de larioja.com augura otra mayoría absoluta del PP en La Rioja". Electómetro (in Spanish). 22 April 2010. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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  2. ^ Reig Pellicer, Naiara (16 December 2015). "Spanish elections: Begging for the right to vote". cafebabel.co.uk. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
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  4. ^ a b "General Electoral System Organic Law of 1985". Organic Law No. 5 of 19 June 1985. Official State Gazette (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 December 2016.
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