Basque parliamentary election, 1998

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Basque parliamentary election, 1998
Basque Country (autonomous community)
1994 ←
25 October 1998 → 2001

All 75 seats in the Basque Parliament
38 seats needed for a majority
Registered 1,821,608 Increase4.1%
Turnout 1,275,008 (70.0%)
Increase10.3 pp
  First party Second party Third party
  Juan José Ibarretxe 2007 (cropped).jpg Male portrait placeholder cropped.jpg Arnaldo Otegi 2006 (cropped).jpg
Leader Juan José Ibarretxe Carlos Iturgaiz Arnaldo Otegi
Party EAJ/PNV PP EH
Leader since 31 January 1998 5 October 1996 14 February 1998
Leader's seat Álava Biscay Gipuzkoa
Last election 22 seats, 29.3% 11 seats, 14.2% 11 seats, 16.0%[a]
Seats won 21 16 14
Seat change Decrease1 Increase5 Increase3
Popular vote 350,322 251,743 224,001
Percentage 27.6% 19.9% 17.7%
Swing Decrease1.7 pp Increase5.7 pp Increase1.7 pp

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Male portrait placeholder cropped.jpg Carlos Garaikoetxea 1979 (cropped).jpg Javier Madrazo 2007 (cropped).jpg
Leader Nicolás Redondo Carlos Garaikoetxea Javier Madrazo
Party PSE–EE (PSOE) EA EB–IU
Leader since 20 October 1997 4 September 1986 14 May 1994
Leader's seat Biscay Gipuzkoa Biscay
Last election 12 seats, 16.8% 8 seats, 10.1% 6 seats, 9.0%
Seats won 14 6 2
Seat change Increase2 Decrease2 Decrease4
Popular vote 220,052 108,635 71,064
Percentage 17.4% 8.6% 5.6%
Swing Increase0.6 pp Decrease1.5 pp Decrease3.4 pp

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Provinces won by EAJ/PNV (green), PP (blue) and EH (dark red)

Lehendakari before election

José Antonio Ardanza
EAJ/PNV

Elected Lehendakari

Juan José Ibarretxe
EAJ/PNV

The 1998 Basque parliamentary election was held on Sunday, 25 October 1998, to elect the 6th Basque Parliament, the regional legislature of the Spanish autonomous community of the Basque Country. All 75 seats in the Parliament were up for election.

The Basque Nationalist Party (EAJ-PNV) won 21 seats, the People's Party (PP) came second for the first time with 16 seats, the Basque Citizens (EH) coalition and the Socialist Party of the Basque Country–Basque Country Left (PSE-EE) won 14 seats each.

Electoral system[edit]

The 75 members of the Basque Parliament were elected in 3 multi-member districts, corresponding to the Basque Country's three provinces, using the D'Hondt method and a closed-list proportional representation system. Each district was assigned a fixed set of seats, distributed as follows: Alava (25), Biscay (25) and Gipuzkoa (25).

Voting was on the basis of universal suffrage in a secret ballot. Only lists polling above 5% of valid votes in each district (which include blank ballots—for none of the above) were entitled to enter the seat distribution.[1]

Results[edit]

Overall[edit]

Summary of the 25 October 1998 Basque Parliament election results
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Party Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
Basque Nationalist Party (EAJ/PNV) 350,322 27.62 –1.70 21 –1
People's Party of the Basque Country (PP) 251,743 19.85 +5.69 16 +5
Basque Citizens (EH)[a] 224,001 17.66 +1.65 14 +3
Socialist Party of the Basque Country–Basque Country Left (PSE–EE (PSOE)) 220,052 17.35 +0.52 14 +2
Basque Solidarity (EA) 108,635 8.57 –1.56 6 –2
United Left (EB–IU) 71,064 5.60 –3.39 2 –4
Alavese Unity (UA) 15,738 1.24 –1.44 2 –3
Blank ballots 17,641 1.39 –0.35
Total 1,268,206 100.00 75 ±0
Valid votes 1,268,206 99.47 +0.06
Invalid votes 6,802 0.53 –0.06
Votes cast / turnout 1,275,008 69.99 +10.30
Abstentions 546,600 30.01 –10.30
Registered voters 1,821,608
Source: Argos Information Portal
  1. ^ a b Basque Citizens results are compared to Popular Unity totals in the 1994 election.
Vote share
EAJ/PNV
  
27.62%
PP
  
19.85%
EH
  
17.66%
PSE–EE (PSOE)
  
17.35%
EA
  
8.57%
EB–IU
  
5.60%
UA
  
1.24%
Others
  
0.71%
Blank ballots
  
1.39%
Parliamentary seats
EAJ/PNV
  
28.00%
PP
  
21.33%
EH
  
18.67%
PSE–EE (PSOE)
  
18.67%
EA
  
8.00%
EB–IU
  
2.67%
UA
  
2.67%

References[edit]