Murcian parliamentary election, 2011

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Murcian parliamentary election, 2011
Region of Murcia
2007 ←
22 May 2011 → 2015

All 45 seats in the Regional Assembly of Murcia
23 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Registered 974,998 Increase1.2%
Turnout 662,086 (67.9%)
Decrease0.1 pp
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Ramón Luis Valcárcel Begoña García Retegui José Antonio Pujante
Leader since 5 October 1991 3 October 2010 2006
Last election 29 seats, 58.3% 15 seats, 32.0% 1 seat, 6.3%
Seats won 33 11 1
Seat change Increase4 Decrease4 ±0
Popular vote 382,871 155,506 50,988
Percentage 58.8% 23.9% 7.8%
Swing Increase0.5 pp Decrease8.1 pp Increase1.5 pp

President before election

Ramón Luis Valcárcel

Elected President

Ramón Luis Valcárcel

The 2011 Murcian parliamentary election was held on Sunday, 22 May 2011, to elect the 8th Regional Assembly of Murcia, the regional legislature of the Spanish autonomous community of the Region of Murcia. At stake were all 45 seats in the Assembly, determining the President of the Region of Murcia.

The election was won by the People's Party (PP), which obtained its best result ever in the Region. With over 70% of the seats (33), it obtained thrice the number of seats of the second most voted party, the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), which plummeted to just below 24% and 11 seats. The PP had won its first election in 1995, and under Ramón Luis Valcárcel it had achieved an absolute majority of seats and votes in all elections held ever since.

All in all, the PP gained four seats from the PSOE, with United Left (IU) holding its solitary seat but gaining ground, increasing its % of the share from 6.3% to 7.8%. The 5% regional threshold prevented Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD) from winning a seat as, although it polled 5.3% in District Three, its vote in the entire Murcian region was 4.5%.

Electoral system[edit]

The number of seats in the Regional Assembly of Murcia was set to a fixed-number of 45. All Assembly members were elected in 5 multi-member districts using the D'Hondt method and a closed-list proportional representation system. Unlike other regions, districts did not coincide with provincial limits, being determined by law as such:

Voting was on the basis of universal suffrage in a secret ballot. Only lists polling above 5% of valid votes in all of the community (which include blank ballots—for none of the above) were entitled to enter the seat distribution. This meant that in the case a list polled above 5% in one or more of the districts but below 5% in the community totals, it would remain outside of the seat apportionment.[1]

Opinion polls[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. 23 seats were required for an absolute majority in the Regional Assembly of Murcia.



Summary of the 22 May 2011 Murcian Regional Assembly election results
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Party Vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
People's Party (PP) 382,871 58.79 Increase0.49 33 Increase4
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 155,506 23.88 Decrease8.12 11 Decrease4
United Left-Greens of the Region of Murcia (IU-V-RM) 50,988 7.83 Increase1.58 1 ±0
Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD) 29,279 4.50 New 0 ±0
The Greens of the Region of Murcia-Ecolo (LV-ECOLO) 7,659 1.18 New 0 ±0
Liberal Democratic Centre (CDL) 3,930 0.60 Increase0.02 0 ±0
Party for the Regeneration of Democracy in Spain (PRDE) 1,177 0.18 New 0 ±0
Employment Business Party (PEE) 1,057 0.16 New 0 ±0
National Democracy (DN) 856 0.13 Decrease0.02 0 ±0
Renewed United Democratic Centre (CDUR) 834 0.13 New 0 ±0
Centre and Democracy Forum (CyD) 824 0.13 New 0 ±0
Communist Unification of Spain (UCE) 719 0.11 New 0 ±0
Nostradamus' State Reform (REN) 621 0.10 New 0 ±0
The Falange (FE) 488 0.07 New 0 ±0
Republican Platform-Republican Coalition (PRCR) 220 0.03 New 0 ±0
Southeast Citizen Convergence (CCSE) 182 0.03 New 0 ±0
Blank ballots 14,050 2.16 Increase0.83
Total 651,261 100.00 45 ±0
Valid votes 651,261 98.37 Decrease0.87
Invalid votes 10,825 1.63 Increase0.87
Votes cast / turnout 662,086 67.91 Decrease0.10
Abstentions 312,912 32.09 Increase0.10
Registered voters 974,998
Source(s): Argos Information Portal
Vote share
Blank ballots
Parliamentary seats


  1. ^ a b c d e f 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.