Galician regional election, 1997

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Galician regional election, 1997
Galicia (Spain)
← 1993 19 October 1997 2001 →

All 75 seats in the Parliament of Galicia
38 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Registered 2,565,131 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg11.9%
Turnout 1,603,731 (62.5%)
Red Arrow Down.svg1.7 pp
  First party Second party Third party
  Manuel Fraga 2008 (cropped).jpg Xosé Manuel Beiras 2015b (cropped).jpg Abel Caballero 1986b (cropped).jpg
Leader Manuel Fraga Xosé Manuel Beiras Abel Caballero
Party PP BNG PSdeG–EG–OV
Leader since 1989 1982 26 October 1996
Leader's seat Lugo A Coruña Pontevedra
Last election 43 seats, 52.1% 13 seats, 18.4% 19 seats, 27.1%
Seats won 42 18 15
Seat change Red Arrow Down.svg1 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg5 Red Arrow Down.svg4
Popular vote 832,751 395,435 310,508
Percentage 52.2% 24.8% 19.5%
Swing Green Arrow Up Darker.svg0.1 pp Green Arrow Up Darker.svg6.4 pp Red Arrow Down.svg7.6 pp

GaliciaProvinceMapParliament1997.png
Constituency results map for the Parliament of Galicia

President before election

Manuel Fraga
PP

Elected President

Manuel Fraga
PP

The 1997 Galician regional election was held on Sunday, 19 October 1997, to elect the 5th Parliament of the Autonomous Community of Galicia. All 75 seats in the Parliament were up for election.

Electoral system[edit]

The 75 members of the Parliament of Galicia were elected in 4 multi-member districts, corresponding to Galicia's four provinces, using the D'Hondt method and a closed-list proportional representation. Each district was entitled to an initial minimum of 10 seats, with the remaining 35 seats being allocated among the four provinces in proportion to their populations. For the 1997 election, seats were distributed as follows: Corunna (24), Lugo (15), Ourense (14) and Pontevedra (22).

Voting was on the basis of universal suffrage in a secret ballot. Only lists polling above 5% of the total vote in each district (which includes blank ballots—for none of the above) were entitled to enter the seat distribution.[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. 38 seats were required for an absolute majority in the Parliament of Galicia.

Results[edit]

Overall[edit]

Summary of the 19 October 1997 Parliament of Galicia election results
GaliciaParliamentDiagram1997.svg
Parties and coalitions Popular vote Seats
Votes  % ±pp Won +/−
People's Party (PP) 832,751 52.19 +0.05 42 –1
Galician Nationalist Bloc (BNG) 395,435 24.78 +6.40 18 +5
Socialists' Party of GaliciaGalician LeftThe Greens (PSdeG–EG–OV)1 310,508 19.46 –7.61 15 –4
Blank ballots 20,937 1.31 +0.40
Total 1,595,667 100.00 75 ±0
Valid votes 1,595,667 99.50 –0.02
Invalid votes 8,064 0.50 +0.02
Votes cast / turnout 1,603,731 62.52 –1.67
Abstentions 961,400 37.48 +1.67
Registered voters 2,565,131
Source(s): Argos Information Portal, historiaelectoral.com
Popular vote
PP
  
52.19%
BNG
  
24.78%
PSdeG–EG–OV
  
19.46%
Others
  
2.26%
Blank ballots
  
1.31%
Seats
PP
  
56.00%
BNG
  
24.00%
PSdeG–EG–OV
  
20.00%

Distribution by constituency[edit]

Constituency PP BNG PSdeG
 % S  % S  % S
A Coruña 49.8 13 26.3 6 20.1 5
Lugo 57.7 9 19.8 3 18.9 3
Ourense 56.7 8 21.3 3 19.6 3
Pontevedra 50.8 12 26.7 6 18.8 4
Total 52.2 42 24.8 18 19.5 15

Aftermath[edit]

Investiture vote[edit]

First round: 3 December 1997
Absolute majority (38/75) required
Candidate: Manuel Fraga
Choice Vote
Parties Votes
YesYYes PP (42)
42 / 75
No BNG (18), PSdeG–PSOE (13), EUEG (2)
33 / 75
Abstentions
0 / 75
Source: historiaelectoral.com

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