Valencian regional election, 2007

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Valencian regional election, 2007
Valencian Community
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All 99 seats in the Corts Valencianes
50 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Registered 3,491,365 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg2.0%
Turnout 2,448,830 (70.1%)
Red Arrow Down.svg1.4 pp
  First party Second party Third party
  Francisco Camps (2009) (Recortada).jpg Male portrait placeholder cropped.jpg Glòria Marcos EUPV.jpg
Leader Francisco Camps Joan Ignasi Pla Glòria Marcos
Party PP PSPV–PSOE Compromís PV
Leader since 10 July 2002 24 September 2000 26 January 2007
Leader's seat Valencia Valencia Valencia
Last election 48 seats, 47.2% 35 seats, 36.0% 6 seats, 11.0%
Seats won 54 38 7
Seat change Green Arrow Up Darker.svg6 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg3 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg1
Popular vote 1,277,458 838,987 195,116
Percentage 52.5% 34.5% 8.0%
Swing Green Arrow Up Darker.svg5.3 pp Red Arrow Down.svg1.5 pp Red Arrow Down.svg3.0 pp

ValencianCommunityProvinceMapCorts2007.png
Constituency results map for the Corts Valencianes

President before election

Francisco Camps
PP

Elected President

Francisco Camps
PP

The 2007 Valencian regional election was held on Sunday, 27 May 2007, to elect the 7th Corts of the Valencian Community. All 99 seats in the Corts were up for election. The election was held simultaneously with regional elections in twelve other autonomous communities and local elections all throughout Spain.

As in the three previous elections, the People's Party (PP) won with an increased absolute majority of seats, as well as winning an absolute majority of votes - the first time since 1983 that this had been achieved. The PP increased its vote share by more than 5% and gained 6 of the additional 10 seats.

The Valencian Nationalist Bloc (BNV) which in the previous election had remained 0.3% short of the 5% threshold, formed an electoral alliance with United Left (IU) under the name Commitment for the Valencian Country (CPV). This combined list, which also included smaller Green and left-wing groups, saw BNV gain its first seat representation in the Courts, though the combined vote for both IU and BNV was considerably lesser than both had polled separately in 2003, with the coalition only gaining one seat overall. The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSPV-PSOE) gained 3 seats despite decreasing its vote share by 1 point.

Overview[edit]

Electoral system[edit]

The Corts Valencianes were the devolved, unicameral legislature of the Valencian autonomous community, having legislative power in regional matters as defined by the Spanish Constitution and the Valencian Statute of Autonomy, as well as the ability to grant or revoke confidence from a President of the Generalitat.[1] Voting for the Corts was on the basis of universal suffrage, with all nationals over eighteen, registered in the Valencian Community and in full enjoyment of all political rights entitled to vote.

The 99 members of the Corts Valencianes were elected using the D'Hondt method and a closed list proportional representation, with a threshold of 5 per 100 of valid votes—which included blank ballots—being applied regionally. Parties not reaching the threshold were not taken into consideration for seat distribution. Seats were allocated to constituencies, corresponding to the provinces of Alicante, Castellón and Valencia. Each constituency was entitled to an initial minimum of 20 seats, with the remaining 39 allocated among the constituencies in proportion to their populations on the condition that the seat to population ratio in any given province did not exceed three times that of any other.[1][2]

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 at least the signature of 1 per 100 of the electors entered in electoral register of the constituency for which they were seeking 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 from the election call.[2][3][4]

Election date[edit]

The term of the Corts Valencianes expired four years after the date of their previous election. Elections to the Corts were fixed for the fourth Sunday of May every four years.[1][2][3][4] The previous election was held on 25 May 2003, setting the election date for the Corts on Sunday, 27 May 2007.

The Corts Valencianes could not be dissolved before the date of expiry of parliament. In the event of an investiture process failing to elect a regional President within a two-month period from the first ballot, the Corts were to be automatically dissolved and a snap election called.[1]

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. 50 seats were required for an absolute majority in the Corts Valencianes.

Results[edit]

Overall[edit]

Summary of the 27 May 2007 Corts Valencianes election results
ValenciaCortsDiagram2007.svg
Parties and coalitions Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
People's Party (PP) 1,277,458 52.52 +5.35 54 +6
Socialist Party of the Valencian Country (PSPV–PSOE) 838,987 34.49 –1.47 38 +3
Commitment for the Valencian Country (Compromís PV)1 195,116 8.02 –3.02 7 +1
Blank ballots 34,348 1.41 –0.14
Total 2,432,454 100.00 99 +10
Valid votes 2,432,454 99.33 –0.02
Invalid votes 16,376 0.67 +0.02
Votes cast / turnout 2,448,830 70.14 –1.37
Abstentions 1,042,535 29.86 +1.37
Registered voters 3,491,365
Sources[5][6][7]
Popular vote
PP
  
52.52%
PSPV–PSOE
  
34.49%
Compromís PV
  
8.02%
Others
  
3.56%
Blank ballots
  
1.41%
Seats
PP
  
54.54%
PSPV–PSOE
  
38.38%
Compromís PV
  
7.07%

Distribution by constituency[edit]

Constituency PP PSPV CPV
 % S  % S  % S
Alicante 51.8 19 36.6 14 6.8 2
Castellón 49.3 12 38.0 10 7.8 2
Valencia 53.6 23 32.5 14 8.8 3
Total 52.5 54 34.5 38 8.0 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Statute of Autonomy of the Valencian Community of 1982, Organic Law No. 1 of July 1, 1982 Official State Gazette (in Spanish). Retrieved on 17 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Valencian Electoral Law of 1987, Law No. 2 of March 31, 1987 Official Journal of the Valencian Community (in Spanish). Retrieved on 17 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b 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.
  4. ^ a b "Representation of the people Institutional Act". juntaelectoralcentral.es. Central Electoral Commission. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Corts Valencianes election, 2007". datoselecciones.com (in Spanish). Election Data. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "Corts Valencianes election results, 27 May 2007" (PDF). juntaelectoralcentral.es (in Spanish). Electoral Commission of the Valencian Community. 7 June 2007. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "Corts Valencianes elections since 1983". historiaelectoral.com (in Spanish). Electoral History. Retrieved 30 September 2017.