Aragonese parliamentary election, 1983

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Aragonese parliamentary election, 1983
Aragon
8 May 1983 → 1987

All 66 seats in the Courts of Aragon
34 seats needed for a majority
Registered 919,295
Turnout 613,304 (66.7%)
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Santiago Marraco Rafael Zapatero Hipólito Gómez de las Roces
Party PSOE CP PAR
Leader since November 1979 1983 December 1977
Seats won 33 18 13
Popular vote 283,226 136,853 124,018
Percentage 46.8% 22.6% 20.5%

  Fourth party Fifth party
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Leader Miguel Galindo José Luis Merino
Party PCE CDS
Leader since 1980 1983
Seats won 1 1
Popular vote 23,960 19,902
Percentage 4.0% 3.3%

President before election

Juan Antonio de Andrés
UCD

Elected President

Santiago Marraco
PSOE

The 1983 Aragonese parliamentary election was held on Sunday, 8 May 1983, to elect the 1st democratically-elected Courts of Aragon, the regional legislature of the Spanish autonomous community of Aragon. At stake were all 66 seats in the Courts, determining the President of the Government of Aragon.

The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) came first in the election by winning exactly half the seats (33 out of 66), 1 short of an absolute majority, with 46.8% of the vote. The People's Coalition, a coalition of centre-right parties including the People's Alliance (AP), the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the Liberal Union (UL) came second with 18 seats and 22.6%, while the Regionalist Aragonese Party (PAR) finished third with 20.5% and 13 seats. The Communist Party of Spain (PCE) and the Democratic and Social Centre (CDS) both obtained 1 seat each with between 3-4% of the vote.

As a result of the election, Socialist Santiago Marraco was elected by the Courts as the first democratically-elected President of Aragon.

Electoral system[edit]

The number of seats in the Aragonese Courts was set to 66 for the 1983-1987 period. All Courts members were elected in 3 multi-member districts, corresponding to Aragon's three provinces, using the D'Hondt method and a closed-list proportional representation system. As the community had not passed an electoral law of its own at the time, the electoral system came regulated under Decree 24/1983, which distributed the Courts seats as follows: Huesca (18), Teruel (16) and Zaragoza (32).

Voting was on the basis of universal suffrage in a secret ballot. Only lists polling above 3% 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 8 May 1983 Aragonese Courts election results
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Party Vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 283,226 46.84 33
People's Coalition (AP-PDP-UL) 136,853 22.63 18
Regionalist Aragonese Party (PAR) 124,018 20.51 13
Communist Party of Spain (PCE) 23,960 3.96 1
Democratic and Social Centre (CDS) 19,902 3.29 1
Workers' Socialist Party (PST) 4,747 0.78 0
United Left of Aragon (IUA) 4,645 0.77 0
Aragonese Communist Party (PCA) 1,381 0.23 0
Social Aragonese Movement (MAS) 1,285 0.21 0
Liberal Democratic Party (PDL) 883 0.15 0
Blank ballots 3,830 0.63
Total 604,730 100.00 66
Valid votes 604,730 98.60
Invalid votes 8,574 1.40
Votes cast / turnout 613,304 66.71
Abstentions 305,991 33.29
Registered voters 919,295
Source: Argos Information Portal
Vote share
PSOE
  
46.84%
AP-PDP-UL
  
22.63%
PAR
  
20.51%
PCE
  
3.96%
CDS
  
3.29%
Others
  
2.14%
Blank ballots
  
0.63%
Parliamentary seats
PSOE
  
50.00%
AP-PDP-UL
  
27.27%
PAR
  
19.70%
PCE
  
1.51%
CDS
  
1.51%

Results by province[edit]

Election results by province.

References[edit]