1999 European Parliament election in Portugal

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European Parliament election in Portugal, 1999

← 1994 13 June 1999 2004 →

25 seats to the European Parliament
Turnout39.9% Increase 4.4 pp
  First party Second party
  Mário Soares 1975b (cropped).jpg JosePachecoPereira.jpg
Leader Mário Soares Pacheco Pereira
Party PS PSD
Alliance PES EPP
Last election 10 seats 9 seats
Seats won 12 9
Seat change Increase 2 Steady 0
Popular vote 1,493,146 1,078,528
Percentage 43.1% 31.1%
Swing Increase 8.2 pp Decrease 3.3 pp

  Third party Fourth party
  Ilda Figueiredo 2011 (cropped).jpg Paulo Portas 2009 (cropped).jpg
Leader Ilda Figueiredo Paulo Portas
Party CDU CDS–PP
Alliance GUE/NGL UFE
Last election 3 seats 3 seats
Seats won 2 2
Seat change Decrease 1 Decrease 1
Popular vote 357,671 283,067
Percentage 10.3% 8.2%
Swing Decrease 0.9 pp Decrease 4.3 pp

The European Parliament election of 1999 in Portugal was the election of MEP representing Portugal constituency for the 1999-2004 term of the European Parliament. It was part of the wider 1999 European election. In Portugal the election was held on 13 June.

In the runner up for the 1999 general elections, the Socialist Party (PS) won the EU elections by a landslide. The party, headed by its founder and former PR and PM Mário Soares, scored a convincing victory over the Social Democrats. The PS increased its share of vote more than 8% and won 2 more seats compared with 1994. The Social Democratic Party (PSD) had a bad performance, but was able to hold on to its 9 seats, but, at the same time, the party saw their share of vote drop to 31%, around 3% lower than in 1994.

The Democratic Unity Coalition (CDU) performed quite well, although it dropped compared with 1994. The Communist/Green alliance won more than 10% of the votes, a drop of around 1%, and lost one seat but was able to reclaim the title of 3rd largest party. The People's Party (CDS–PP), was the party that suffered the most. The People's Party dropped to fourth place and had the biggest fall in terms of share of the vote, winning just 8% of the vote, a fall of more than 4%. They also lost one seat compared to 1994.

Turnout increased compared with 1994, with 39.9% of voters casting a ballot.

Electoral System[edit]

The voting method used, for the election of European members of parliament, is by proportional representation using the d'Hondt method, which is known to benefit leading parties. In the 1999 EU elections, Portugal had 25 seats to be filled. Deputies are elected in a single constituency, corresponding to the entire national territory.

Parties and candidates[edit]

The major parties that partook in the election, and their EP list leaders, were:[1]

National summary of votes and seats[edit]

e • d Summary of the results of Portugal's 13 June 1999 election to the European Parliament
← 199419992004 →
National party European party Main candidate Votes % +/– Seats +/–
Socialist Party (PS) PES Mário Soares 1,493,146 43.07 8.20 Increase 12 2 Increase
Social Democratic Party (PSD) EPP José Pacheco Pereira 1,078,528 31.11 3.28 Decrease 9 0 Steady
Democratic Unitarian Coalition (CDU)
Communist Party (PCP)
Ecologist Party (PEV)
GUE/NGL Ilda Figueiredo 357,671 10.32 0.87 Decrease 2
2
0

1 Decrease
0 Steady
People's Party (CDS–PP) UFE Paulo Portas 283,067 8.16 4.29 Decrease 2 1 Decrease
Left Bloc (BE) None Miguel Portas 61,920 1.79 new 0 new
Others (parties or candidates that won less than 1% of the vote and no seats) 79,619 2.30 0 0 Steady
Valid votes 3,353,951 96.74
Blank and invalid votes 113,134 3.26
Totals 3,467,085 100.00 25 0 Steady
Electorate (eligible voters) and voter turnout 8,681,854 39.93 4.39 Increase
Source: Comissão Nacional de Eleições
Vote share
PS
43.07%
PSD
31.11%
CDU
10.32%
CDS-PP
8.16%
BE
1.79%
PCTP/MRPP
0.88%
Others
1.43%
Blank/Invalid
3.27%

Distribution by European group[edit]

Summary of political group distribution in the 5th European Parliament (1999–2004) [2]
Groups Parties Seats Total %
Party of European Socialists (PES)

12 12 48.00
European People's Party–European Democrats (EPP–ED)

9 9 36.00
European United Left–Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL)

2 2 8.00
Union for Europe (UFE)

2 2 8.00
Total 25 25 100.00

Maps[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Comissão Nacional de Eleições - Deputados
  2. ^ "Elecciones al Parlamento Europeo: Resultados por países 1979 - 2014". historiaelectoral.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 November 2017.

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