Riojan parliamentary election, 2011

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Riojan parliamentary election, 2011
La Rioja (Spain)
2007 ←
22 May 2011 → 2015

All 33 seats in the Parliament of La Rioja
17 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Registered 242,007 Increase1.8%
Turnout 168,826 (69.8%)
Decrease3.5 pp
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Pedro Sanz Francisco Martínez-Aldama Miguel González de Legarra
Leader since 2 October 1993 30 July 2000 16 December 1995
Last election 17 seats, 48.8% 14 seats, 40.4% 2 seats, 6.0%
Seats won 20 11 2
Seat change Increase3 Decrease3 ±0
Popular vote 85,975 50,169 8,983
Percentage 52.0% 30.3% 5.4%
Swing Increase3.2 pp Decrease10.1 pp Decrease0.6 pp

President before election

Pedro Sanz

Elected President

Pedro Sanz

The 2011 Riojan parliamentary election was held on Sunday, 22 May 2011, to elect the 8th Parliament of La Rioja, the regional legislature of the Spanish autonomous community of La Rioja. At stake were all 33 seats in the Parliament, determining the President of La Rioja.

The People's Party (PP) had formed the government of the region since the 1995 election, holding a majority of seats since then. As a result of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) collapse at the national level, the PP increased its majority, gaining 3 seats and obtaining its best historical result in a regional election; the same 3 seats that were lost by the PSOE, which obtained its worst result ever. The Riojan Party (PR) held its 2 seats with a slightly reduced vote share.

Electoral system[edit]

The number of seats in the Parliament of La Rioja was set to a fixed-number of 33. All Parliament members were elected in a single multi-member district, consisting of the Community's territory (the province of La Rioja), using the D'Hondt method and a closed-list proportional representation system.

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.[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. 17 seats were required for an absolute majority in the Parliament of La Rioja.


Summary of the 22 May 2011 La Rioja Parliament election results
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Party Vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
People's Party (PP) 85,975 51.98 Increase3.17 20 Increase3
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 50,169 30.33 Decrease10.08 11 Decrease3
Riojan Party (PR) 8,983 5.43 Decrease0.57 2 ±0
United Left La Rioja (IU) 6,114 3.70 Increase0.64 0 ±0
Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD) 5,891 3.56 New 0 ±0
Greens of La Rioja-Ecolo (ECOLO-V) 2,041 1.23 New 0 ±0
For a Fairer World (PUM+J) 697 0.42 New 0 ±0
Anti-Bullfighting Party Against Mistreatment of Animals (PACMA) 567 0.34 New 0 ±0
Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain (PCPE) 482 0.29 New 0 ±0
Blank ballots 4,496 2.72 Increase1.00
Total 165,415 100.00 33 ±0
Valid votes 165,415 97.98 Decrease1.23
Invalid votes 3,411 2.02 Increase1.23
Votes cast / turnout 168,826 69.76 Decrease3.54
Abstentions 73,181 30.24 Increase3.54
Registered voters 242,007
Source: Argos Information Portal
Vote share
Parliamentary seats