Basque regional election, 2001

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Basque regional election, 2001

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All 75 seats in the Basque Parliament
38 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Registered 1,813,356 Red Arrow Down.svg0.5%
Turnout 1,431,996 (79.0%)
Green Arrow Up Darker.svg9.0 pp

  First party Second party Third party
  Juan José Ibarretxe 2007 (cropped).jpg Jaime Mayor Oreja 2015b (cropped).jpg Portrait placeholder.svg
Leader Juan José Ibarretxe Jaime Mayor Oreja Nicolás Redondo
Leader since 31 January 1998 26 February 2001 20 October 1997
Leader's seat Álava Biscay Biscay
Last election 27 seats, 36.2%[a] 18 seats, 21.1%[b] 14 seats, 17.4%
Seats won 33 19 13
Seat change Green Arrow Up Darker.svg6 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg1 Red Arrow Down.svg1
Popular vote 604,222 326,933 253,195
Percentage 42.4% 22.9% 17.8%
Swing Green Arrow Up Darker.svg6.2 pp Green Arrow Up Darker.svg1.8 pp Green Arrow Up Darker.svg0.4 pp

  Fourth party Fifth party
  Arnaldo Otegi 2006 (cropped).jpg Javier Madrazo 2007 (cropped).jpg
Leader Arnaldo Otegi Javier Madrazo
Party EH IU/EB
Leader since 14 February 1998 14 May 1994
Leader's seat Guipúzcoa Biscay
Last election 14 seats, 17.7% 2 seats, 5.6%
Seats won 7 3
Seat change Red Arrow Down.svg7 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg1
Popular vote 143,139 78,862
Percentage 10.0% 5.5%
Swing Red Arrow Down.svg7.7 pp Red Arrow Down.svg0.1 pp

Constituency results map for the Basque Parliament

Lehendakari before election

Juan José Ibarretxe

Elected Lehendakari

Juan José Ibarretxe

The 2001 Basque regional election was held on Sunday, 13 May 2001, to elect the 7th Parliament of the Basque Autonomous Community. All 75 seats in the Parliament were up for election.

The electoral coalition Basque Nationalist PartyBasque Solidarity (PNV–EA) won 33 seats, the People's Party (PP) came second with 19 seats, the Socialist Party of the Basque Country–Basque Country Left (PSE–EE) came in third with 13 seats. The Basque Citizens (EH) coalition obtained 7 seats.


Electoral system[edit]

The Basque Parliament was the devolved, unicameral legislature of the autonomous community of the Basque Country, having legislative power in regional matters as defined by the Spanish Constitution and the Basque Statute of Autonomy, as well as the ability to vote confidence in or withdraw it from a Lehendakari.[1] Voting for the Parliament was on the basis of universal suffrage, which comprised all nationals over eighteen, registered in the Basque Country and in full enjoyment of their political rights.

The 75 members of the Basque Parliament were elected using the D'Hondt method and a closed list proportional representation, with a threshold of 3 percent of valid votes[c]—which included blank ballots—being applied in each constituency. Parties not reaching the threshold were not taken into consideration for seat distribution. Additionally, the use of the D'Hondt method might result in an effective threshold over three percent, depending on the district magnitude.[2] Seats were allocated to constituencies, corresponding to the Basque provinces of Álava, Biscay and Guipúzcoa. Each constituency was allocated a fixed number of 25 seats each, to provide for an equal representation of the three provinces in Parliament as required under the regional Statute of Autonomy.[1][3] This meant that Álava was allocated the same number of seats as Biscay and Gipuzkoa, despite their populations being, as of 1 January 2001: 285,198, 1,124,445 and 673,328, respectively.[4]

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 the constituency for which they sought election. 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][5][6]

Election date[edit]

The term of the Basque Parliament expired four years after the date of its previous election, unless it was dissolved earlier. The election Decree was required to be issued no later than the twenty-fifth day prior to the date of expiry of parliament and published on the following day in the Official Gazette of the Basque Country, with election day taking place on the fifty-fourth day from publication. The previous election was held on 25 October 1998, which meant that the legislature's term would have expired on 25 October 2002. The election Decree was required to be published no later than 1 October 2002, with the election taking place on the fifty-fourth day from publication, setting the latest possible election date for the Parliament on Sunday, 24 November 2002.[1][3]

The Lehendakari had the prerogative to dissolve the Basque Parliament at any given time and call a snap election, provided that no motion of no confidence was in process. In the event of an investiture process failing to elect a Lehendakari within a sixty-day period from the Parliament re-assembly, the Parliament was to be dissolved and a fresh election called.[7]

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. 38 seats were required for an absolute majority in the Basque Parliament.

Color key:

  Exit poll



Summary of the 13 May 2001 Basque Parliament election results
Parties and coalitions Popular vote Seats
Votes % ±pp Total +/−
Basque Nationalist Party–Basque Solidarity (PNVEA)1 604,222 42.38 +6.19 33 +6
People's Party (PP)2 326,933 22.93 +1.84 19 +1
Socialist Party of the Basque Country–Basque Country Left (PSE–EE (PSOE)) 253,195 17.76 +0.41 13 –1
Basque Citizens (EH) 143,139 10.04 –7.62 7 –7
United Left (IU/EB) 78,862 5.53 –0.07 3 +1
Humanist Party (PH) 3,708 0.26 ±0.00 0 ±0
Party of the Democratic Karma (PKD) 2,000 0.14 New 0 ±0
Workers for Democracy Coalition (TD) 1,017 0.07 New 0 ±0
Freedom (Askatasuna) 663 0.05 New 0 ±0
Carlist Party (EKA/PC) 530 0.04 New 0 ±0
Blank ballots 11,508 0.81 –0.58
Total 1,425,777 75 ±0
Valid votes 1,425,777 99.57 +0.10
Invalid votes 6,219 0.43 –0.10
Votes cast / turnout 1,431,996 78.97 +8.98
Abstentions 381,360 21.03 –8.98
Registered voters 1,813,356
Popular vote
Blank ballots

Distribution by constituency[edit]

Constituency PNV–EA PP PSE–EE EH IU/EB
% S % S % S % S % S
Álava 33.6 9 32.5 9 20.4 5 6.1 1 5.9 1
Biscay 43.4 12 23.4 6 18.1 4 8.0 2 5.6 1
Guipúzcoa 44.3 12 18.0 4 16.1 4 15.1 4 5.2 1
Total 42.4 33 22.9 19 17.8 13 10.0 7 5.5 3


Investiture vote[edit]

First round: 11 July 2001
Absolute majority (38/75) required
Choice Vote
Parties Votes
☒NJuan José Ibarretxe PNV–EA (33)
33 / 75
Blank ballots PP (19), PSE–EE (13), IU/EB (3)
35 / 75
Do not vote: EH (7)
Second round: 12 July 2001
Simple majority required
Choice Vote
Parties Votes
☑YJuan José Ibarretxe PNV–EA (32), IU/EB (3)
35 / 75
Blank ballots PP (19), PSE–EE (13)
32 / 75
Do not vote: EH (7)
Absences: EA (1)


  1. ^ Aggregated data for PNV and EA in the 1998 election.
  2. ^ Aggregated data for PP and UA in the 1998 election.
  3. ^ A 2000 legal amendment had seen the electoral threshold being lowered from five to three percent.


Opinion poll sources
  1. ^ a b c d e "La coalició PNB-EA guanya clarament els comicis a Euskadi". Racó Català (in Catalan). 13 May 2001.
  2. ^ a b c "Elecciones al Parlamento Vasco de 13 de mayo de 2001: ¿Unas elecciones sorprendentes?". Revista de Derecho Político (in Spanish). 2001.
  3. ^ "PP y PSE podrían quedarse a un solo escaño de la mayoría absoluta en el País Vasco". ABC (in Spanish). 6 May 2001.
  4. ^ "Encuesta de Ipsos-Eco Consulting para ABC". ABC (in Spanish). 6 May 2001.
  5. ^ "PP y PSOE se acercan a la mayoría absoluta pese al alza de PNV-EA". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 4 May 2001.
  6. ^ "Portada: PP y PSE rozan la mayoría suficiente para gobernar". El País (in Spanish). 6 May 2001.
  7. ^ "PP y PSE rozan la mayoría suficiente para gobernar". El País (in Spanish). 6 May 2001.
  8. ^ "Los sondeos colocan una alianza entre PP y PSE al borde de la mayoría absoluta". Última Hora (in Spanish). 7 May 2001.
  9. ^ "Preelectoral del País Vasco elecciones autonómicas, 2001 (Estudio nº 2414. Abril 2001)". CIS (in Spanish). 9 May 2001.
  10. ^ "El PNV no hace ascos al voto de Otegi". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 10 May 2001.
  11. ^ "PP y PSE se acercan a su objetivo". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 29 April 2001.
  12. ^ "Los populares confían en los más de 45.000 votos por correo". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 29 April 2001.
  13. ^ "El PNV gana, pero sólo podría gobernar con EH". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 29 April 2001.
  14. ^ "Previsiones de voto para Elecciones Autonómicas (Abril 2001)" (PDF). Eusko Jaurlaritza (in Spanish). 11 April 2001.
  15. ^ "Un sondeo del Gobierno vasco coloca al PP y al PSOE a dos escaños de la mayoría absoluta". El País (in Spanish). 12 April 2001.
  16. ^ "Elecciones en el País Vasco". Cadena SER (in Spanish). 22 March 2001.
  17. ^ "Intención de voto". Cadena SER (in Spanish). 22 March 2001.
  18. ^ "Ficha técnica". Cadena SER (in Spanish). 22 March 2001.
  19. ^ "El PNV y EA parten en la precampaña como ganadores, seguidos del Partido Popular". El País (in Spanish). 23 March 2001.
  20. ^ "IU, posible llave para un Gobierno no nacionalista, según un sondeo del PSOE". ABC (in Spanish). 7 April 2001.
  21. ^ "Aznar: 'Mayor ha renunciado a estar en el Gobierno para jugársela'". El País (in Spanish). 5 March 2001.
  22. ^ "El frente nacionalista pierde entre tres y cinco diputados y PP-PSE ganan hasta seis". ABC (in Spanish). 25 February 2001.
  23. ^ "Encuesta de Ipsos-Eco Consulting sobre las Elecciones Vascas". ABC (in Spanish). 25 February 2001.
  24. ^ "Situación social y política del País Vasco, XIII (Estudio nº 2407. Enero-Febrero 2001)". CIS (in Spanish). 20 March 2001.
  25. ^ "El CIS pronostica que el cambio de mayoría en el País Vasco es difícil pero no imposible". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 21 March 2001.
  26. ^ "El PP se ve en condiciones de ganar las elecciones". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 18 February 2001.
  27. ^ "Mayor, Alonso y San Gil, cabezas de candidatura del PP a las vascas". ABC Sevilla (in Spanish). 1 March 2001.
  28. ^ "Previsiones de voto para Elecciones Autonómicas (Diciembre 2000)" (PDF). Eusko Jaurlaritza (in Spanish). 28 December 2000.
  29. ^ "Atutxa no ve más salida que las elecciones". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 29 December 2000.
  30. ^ "La alianza de PP y UA podría igualar al PNV en las elecciones". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 16 December 2000.
  31. ^ "Empate técnico en intención de voto entre nacionalistas y no nacionalistas". El Mundo (in Spanish). 15 December 2000.
  32. ^ "El Euskobarómetro augura un empate entre nacionalistas y constitucionalistas". El País (in Spanish). 16 December 2000.
  33. ^ "Euskal Etxeak. Nº 49 Año 2001. El Lehendakari convoca elecciones en Euskadi para el día 13 de mayo" (PDF). Eusko Jaurlaritza (in Spanish). 2001.
  34. ^ "El PNV volvería a ganar las elecciones, según una encuesta". El País (in Spanish). 15 November 2000.
  35. ^ "Un sondeo pone al PP a un solo escaño del PNV y deja a los nacionalistas sin mayoría". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 29 July 2000.
  36. ^ "Ibarretxe admite que la apuesta por el diálogo ha fracasado y se impone una nueva etapa". El País (in Spanish). 29 July 2000.
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