Aragonese regional election, 2011

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Aragonese regional election, 2011
Aragon
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All 67 seats in the Cortes of Aragon
34 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Registered 1,016,021 Red Arrow Down.svg0.1%
Turnout 689,904 (67.9%)
Green Arrow Up Darker.svg1.4 pp
  First party Second party Third party
  Luisa Fernanda Rudi 2011 (cropped).jpg Female portrait placeholder cropped.jpg Male portrait placeholder cropped.jpg
Leader Luisa Fernanda Rudi Eva Almunia José Ángel Biel
Party PP PSOE PAR
Leader since 8 November 2008 10 September 2010 2 June 2000
Leader's seat Zaragoza Zaragoza Teruel
Last election 23 seats, 31.1% 30 seats, 41.1% 9 seats, 12.1%
Seats won 30 22 7
Seat change Green Arrow Up Darker.svg7 Red Arrow Down.svg8 Red Arrow Down.svg2
Popular vote 269,729 197,189 62,193
Percentage 39.7% 29.0% 9.2%
Swing Green Arrow Up Darker.svg8.6 pp Red Arrow Down.svg12.1 pp Red Arrow Down.svg2.9 pp

  Fourth party Fifth party
  Female portrait placeholder cropped.jpg Adolfo Barrena 2012 (cropped).jpg
Leader Nieves Ibeas Adolfo Barrena
Party CHA IU
Leader since 12 January 2008 May 2002
Leader's seat Zaragoza Zaragoza
Last election 4 seats, 8.1% 1 seat, 4.1%
Seats won 4 4
Seat change Arrow Blue Right 001.svg0 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg3
Popular vote 55,932 41,874
Percentage 8.2% 6.2%
Swing Green Arrow Up Darker.svg0.1 pp Green Arrow Up Darker.svg2.1 pp

AragonProvinceMapCortes2011.png
Constituency results map for the Cortes of Aragon

President before election

Marcelino Iglesias
PSOE

Elected President

Luisa Fernanda Rudi
PP

The 2011 Aragonese regional election was held on Sunday, 22 May 2011, to elect the 8th Cortes of the Autonomous Community of Aragon. All 67 seats in the Cortes were up for election. The election was held simultaneously with regional elections in 12 other autonomous communities and local elections all throughout Spain.

The outgoing Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) administration suffered a serious defeat after losing nearly 30% of its 2007 vote. The then-oppositor People's Party (PP) obtained the best result of its history in the region, despite remaining 4 seats short for an absolute majority of seats. This was also the first time since the 1999 election that the PP had received the most votes in Aragon. United Left (IU) had its best result since 1995, gaining 3 seats for a total of 4. The Aragonese Party (PAR), on the other hand, obtained its worst historical result, while the Aragonese Union (CHA) remained static at its 2007 result.

As a result of the election, Luisa Fernanda Rudi from the People's Party was elected President of Aragon as part of a PP-PAR coalition agreement. The PAR had been previously the PSOE coalition partner from 1999 to 2011.

Electoral system[edit]

The electoral system for the Cortes of Aragon was regulated under the Autonomous Community of Aragon Electoral Law 2/1987 and, subsidiarily, under the general provisions of the General Electoral System Organic Law 5/1985 (LOREG). The Cortes was composed of 67 seats, allocated to constituencies corresponding to the provinces of Aragon. Each constituency was entitled to an initial minimum of 13 seats, with the remaining 28 allocated in proportion to the provincial populations on the condition that the inhabitants/seat ratio in the most populated province did not exceed 2.75 times that of the less populated one—otherwise, the size of most populated district would be limited to such a ratio—. Deputies were elected using the D'Hondt method and a closed list proportional representation, with a threshold of 3% of valid votes—which included blank ballots—being applied in each constituency. Parties not reaching the threshold were not taken into consideration for seat distribution.[1][2]

Under the 2007 Statute of Autonomy of Aragon, the President of the Government of Aragon had the prerogative to dissolve the Cortes and call a snap election, provided that no motion of censure process was ongoing and some time requirements were met—namely, that dissolution did not occur before one year had passed since the previous one—. Additionally, the chamber's dissolution was to be automatically triggered if an investiture process failed to elect a regional President within a two-month period from the first ballot.[3]

Opinion polls[edit]

Vote[edit]

Poll results are listed in the table below in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first. The highest percentage figure in each polling survey is displayed in bold, and the background shaded in the leading party's colour. In the instance that there is a tie, then no figure is shaded. The lead column on the right shows the percentage-point difference between the two parties with the highest figures. Poll results use the date the survey's fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. However, if such date is unknown, the date of publication will be given instead.

Seat projections[edit]

Opinion polls showing seat projections are displayed in the table below. The highest seat figures in each polling survey have their background shaded in the leading party's colour. In the instance that there is a tie, then no figure is shaded. 34 seats were required for an absolute majority in the Aragonese Courts.

Results[edit]

Overall[edit]

Summary of the 22 May 2011 Cortes of Aragon election results
AragonCortesDiagram2011.svg
Parties and coalitions Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
People's Party (PP) 269,729 39.69 +8.63 30 +7
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 197,189 29.02 –12.12 22 –8
Aragonese Party (PAR) 62,193 9.15 –2.93 7 –2
Aragonese Union (CHA) 55,932 8.23 +0.08 4 ±0
United Left of Aragon (IU) 41,874 6.16 +2.08 4 +3
Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD) 15,667 2.31 New 0 ±0
Blank ballots 21,678 3.19 +0.97
Total 679,529 100.00 67 ±0
Valid votes 679,529 98.50 –0.81
Invalid votes 10,375 1.50 +0.81
Votes cast / turnout 689,904 67.90 +1.39
Abstentions 326,117 32.10 –1.39
Registered voters 1,016,021
Source(s): Argos Information Portal, historiaelectoral.com
Popular vote
PP
  
39.69%
PSOE
  
29.02%
PAR
  
9.15%
CHA
  
8.23%
IU
  
6.16%
UPyD
  
2.31%
Others
  
2.25%
Blank ballots
  
3.19%
Seats
PP
  
44.78%
PSOE
  
32.84%
PAR
  
10.45%
CHA
  
5.97%
IU
  
5.97%

Distribution by constituency[edit]

Constituency PP PSOE PAR CHA IU
 % S  % S  % S  % S  % S
Huesca 36.9 7 33.5 7 12.2 2 6.2 1 4.7 1
Teruel 37.0 6 27.4 4 16.5 3 5.1 6.5 1
Zaragoza 40.8 17 28.2 11 7.2 2 9.3 3 6.5 2
Total 39.7 30 29.0 22 9.2 7 8.2 4 6.2 4

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Poll results are shown projected over candidacy votes (that is, votes going for political parties, excluding blank ballots). The vote percentage in the official election is calculated including blank ballots into the estimation. In order to obtain data comparable to both the official results as well as those of other polls, a rule of three has been applied to the poll projections, with the results of the calculation being shown instead.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Electoral Law of the Autonomous Community of Aragon of 1987, Law No. 2 of February 16, 1987 Official State Gazette (in Spanish). Retrieved on 8 April 2017.
  2. ^ General Electoral System Organic Law of 1985, Organic Law No. 5 of June 19, 1985 Official State Gazette (in Spanish). Retrieved on 28 December 2016.
  3. ^ Statute of Autonomy of Aragon of 2007, Organic Law No. 5 of April 20, 2007 Official State Gazette (in Spanish). Retrieved on 8 April 2017.