Balearic regional election, 2011

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Balearic regional election, 2011
Balearic Islands
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All 59 seats in the Parliament of the Balearic Islands
30 seats needed for a majority
Registered 726,287 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg1.0%
Turnout 427,093 (58.8%)
Red Arrow Down.svg1.3 pp
  First party Second party Third party
  José Ramón Bauzà 2011 (cropped).jpg Francesc Antich (cropped).jpg Biel Barceló.JPG
Leader José Ramón Bauzà Francesc Antich Gabriel Barceló
Party PP PSIB–PSOE PSM–IV–ExM
Leader since 11 September 2009 9 November 1998 27 May 2006
Leader's seat Majorca Majorca Majorca
Last election 29 seats, 46.5% 22 seats, 32.5% 5 seats, 9.8%
Seats won 35 19 5
Seat change Green Arrow Up Darker.svg6 Red Arrow Down.svg3 Arrow Blue Right 001.svg0
Popular vote 196,214 104,628 40,472
Percentage 46.7% 24.9% 9.6%
Swing Green Arrow Up Darker.svg0.2 pp Red Arrow Down.svg7.6 pp Red Arrow Down.svg0.2%

BalearicIslandsDistrictMapParliament2011.png
Constituency results map for the Parliament of the Balearic Islands

President before election

Francesc Antich
PSIB–PSOE

Elected President

José Ramón Bauzà
PP

The 2011 Balearic regional election was held on Sunday, 22 May 2011, to elect the 8th Parliament of the Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands. All 59 seats in the Parliament were up for election. The election was held simultaneously with regional elections in 12 other autonomous communities and local elections all throughout Spain.

Political control of the islands had fluctuated in the preceding elections with the People's Party (PP) losing their majority and consequently, control to a coalition headed by the Socialist Party of the Balearic Islands (PSIB–PSOE) at the 2007 election.[1] The 2011 election saw the PP regain their overall majority. The gains came largely at the expense of United Left, Convergence for the Isles (formerly Majorcan Union), Republican Left and The Greens, all of whom lost their representation in this legislature. These parties had all won seats as part of various coalitions in the previous elections.

One of the first tasks of the Assembly was to elect the President of the Balearic Islands from among their number, with José Ramón Bauzà set to replace the current President, Francesc Antich, incumbent since 2007.[1]

Electoral system[edit]

The number of seats in the Balearic Parliament was set to a fixed-number of 59. All Parliament members were elected in 3 multi-member districts, each corresponding to one of the three largest islands in the archipelago: Majorca was entitled 33 seats; Minorca with 13 and Ibiza with 12, using the D'Hondt method and a closed-list proportional representation system. Additionally, Formentera elected one member using plurality voting.

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.[2]

Opinion polls[edit]

An opinion poll carried out by the Balearic Islands government and published on 5 April 2011 suggested that the PP would regain their overall majority with 30-31 seats.[3]

Results[edit]

Overall[edit]

Summary of the 22 May 2011 Parliament of the Balearic Islands election results
BalearicParliamentDiagram2011.svg
Party Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
Convergence for the Isles (CxI)10 11,913 2.83 –3.90 0 –3
Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD) 8,731 2.08 New 0 ±0
Republican Left (Esquerra) 5,325 1.27 New 0 ±0
Blank ballots 12,293 2.92 +0.86
Total 420,318 100.00 59 ±0
Valid votes 420,318 98.41 –1.00
Invalid votes 6,775 1.59 +1.00
Votes cast / turnout 427,093 58.80 –1.34
Abstentions 299,194 41.20 +1.34
Registered voters 726,287
Source(s): Government of the Balearic Islands, historiaelectoral.com
Popular vote
PP
  
46.68%
PSIB–PSOE
  
24.89%
PSM–IV–ExM
  
9.63%
EUIB
  
3.15%
IB–Lliga
  
3.15%
CxI
  
2.83%
UPyD
  
2.08%
Esquerra
  
1.27%
Others
  
3.38%
Blank ballots
  
2.92%
Seats
PP
  
59.32%
PSIB–PSOE
  
32.20%
PSM–IV–ExM
  
8.47%

Distribution by constituency[edit]

Constituency PP PSIB PSM–EN GxF
 % S  % S  % S  % S
Formentera 54.0 1
Ibiza 49.8 8 30.6 4 1.4
Majorca 46.5 19 23.6 10 10.7 4
Minorca 46.1 8 27.1 4 9.8 1
Total 46.4 35 24.4 18 9.6 5 0.5 1

Aftermath[edit]

Investiture vote[edit]

First round: 15 June 2011
Absolute majority (30/59) required
Candidate: José Ramón Bauzà
Choice Vote
Parties Votes
YesY Yes PP (35)
35 / 59
No PSIB–PSOE (17), PSM (3), PSMe–EN (1), IniciativaVerds (1), GxE (1), GxF (1)
24 / 59
Abstentions
0 / 59
Source: historiaelectoral.com

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