Spanish regional elections, 2015

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Spanish regional elections, 2015

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Regional assemblies of Aragon, Asturias, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castile and León, Castilla–La Mancha, Extremadura, La Rioja, Madrid, Murcia, Navarre and the Valencian Community
Registered 19,834,729 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg2.7%
Turnout 12,976,335 (65.4%)
Red Arrow Down.svg2.0 pp


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Regional administrations after the 2015 regional elections

The 2015 Spanish regional elections were held on Sunday, 24 May 2015, to elect the regional parliaments of thirteen of the seventeen autonomous communitiesAragon, Asturias, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castile and León, Castilla–La Mancha, Extremadura, La Rioja, Madrid, Murcia, Navarre and the Valencian Community—, not including Andalusia, the Basque Country, Catalonia and Galicia, which had separate electoral cycles. 804 of 1,198 seats in the regional parliaments were up for election. The elections were held simultaneously with local elections all throughout Spain.

The ruling People's Party (PP) suffered one of the harshest loss of votes for any party in the quadrennial regional elections, losing all of its absolute majorities and most of the regional administrations at stake, including notable PP strongholds such as the Valencian Community which it had held continuously since 1995. The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) was unable to capitalize on the PP backlash and kept losing votes from 2011. However, through post-election agreements with other left-wing parties it was able to recapture all of the regional governments it had lost four years previously, as well as gain the Valencian regional government.

The novelty of these elections was the irruption of two new parties: Podemos (Spanish: We can), a party founded in 2014 before the May European Parliament election, and Citizens (C's), a Catalan unionist party created in 2006 to run in Parliament of Catalonia elections. Podemos obtained a strong third place, close to the two main parties in several regions and entering in all regional parliaments—a first for any party aside from PP and PSOE—, while C's placed fourth in most regions, being left out from regional assemblies in the Canary Islands, Castilla–La Mancha and Navarre.

Election date[edit]

Determination of election day varied depending on the autonomous community, with each one having competency to establish its own regulations. Typically, thirteen out of the seventeen autonomous communities—all but Andalusia, the Basque Country, Catalonia and Galicia—had their elections fixed for the fourth Sunday of May every four years, to be held together with nationwide local elections.[1][2]

In some cases, regional presidents had the prerogative to dissolve the regional parliament and call for extra elections at a different time, but newly elected assemblies were restricted to serving out what remained of their previous four year-terms without altering the period to their next ordinary election. In other cases—namely, Aragon, the Balearic Islands, Castile and León, Navarre and the Valencian Community—, the law granted presidents the power to call a snap election resulting in a fresh four year-parliamentary term.[3] By the time of the 2015 regional elections, however, this prerogative had not yet been exercised by any of these communities.

Regional governments[edit]

The following table lists party control in autonomous communities. Gains for a party are highlighted in that party's colour.

Autonomous community Previous control New control
Aragon People's Party (PP) Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE)
Asturias Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE)
Balearic Islands People's Party (PP) Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE)
Canary Islands Canarian Coalition (CC) Canarian Coalition (CC)
Cantabria People's Party (PP) Regionalist Party of Cantabria (PRC)
Castile and León People's Party (PP) People's Party (PP)
Castilla–La Mancha People's Party (PP) Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE)
Extremadura People's Party (PP) Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE)
La Rioja People's Party (PP) People's Party (PP)
Madrid People's Party (PP) People's Party (PP)
Murcia People's Party (PP) People's Party (PP)
Navarre Navarrese People's Union (UPN) Geroa Bai (GBai)
Valencian Community People's Party (PP) Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE)

Overall results[edit]

Summary of the 24 May 2015 regional election results in Spain →
Parties and coalitions Votes % Seats
People's Party (PP) 3,888,407 30.43 281
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 3,173,671 24.84 227
We Can (Podemos) 1,813,667 14.19 118
Citizens–Party of the Citizenry (C's) 1,271,755 9.95 56
United Left–Let's Win (IU–G) 537,225 4.20 9
Commitment Coalition (Compromís) 456,823 3.57 19
Canarian CoalitionNationalist Party (CCa–PNC) 166,979 1.31 18
Regionalist Party of Cantabria (PRC) 97,185 0.76 12
New Canaries (NCa) 93,634 0.73 5
Navarrese People's Union (UPN) 92,705 0.73 15
More (MésMpM) 66,199 0.52 9
Yes to the Future (GBai) 53,497 0.42 9
Basque Country Unite (EH Bildu) 48,166 0.38 8
Aragonese Party (PAR) 45,846 0.36 6
Asturias Forum (FAC) 44,480 0.35 3
Proposal for the Isles (El Pi) 34,237 0.27 3
Aragonese Union (CHA) 30,618 0.24 2
Leonese People's Union (UPL) 19,176 0.15 1
Gomera Socialist Group (ASG) 5,090 0.04 3
Others 636,291 4.98 0
Blank ballots 202,999 1.59
Valid votes 12,778,650 98.48
Invalid votes 197,685 1.52
Votes cast / turnout 12,976,335 65.42
Registered voters 19,834,729
Popular vote
PP
30.43%
PSOE
24.84%
Podemos
14.19%
C's
9.95%
IU–G
4.20%
Compromís
3.57%
CCaPNC
1.31%
PRC
0.76%
NC
0.73%
UPN
0.73%
MésMpM
0.52%
Others
7.18%
Blank ballots
1.59%

Summary by region[edit]

Aragon[edit]

Cortes of Aragon after the election.
List Votes % Seats
PP 183,654 27.50
21
PSOE 143,096 21.43
18
Podemos 137,325 20.56
14
C's 62,907 9.42
5
PAR 45,846 6.86
6
CHA 30,618 4.58
2
IU 28,184 4.22
1
Others 23,004 3.44
0
Blank ballots 13,224 1.98
Valid votes 667,858 98.70
Invalid votes 8,796 1.30
Votes cast / turnout 676,654 66.33
Registered voters 1,020,106

Asturias[edit]

General Junta of Asturias after the election.
List Votes % Seats
PSOE 143,851 26.48
14
PP 117,319 21.59
11
Podemos 103,571 19.06
9
IU/IX 64,868 11.94
5
FAC 44,480 8.19
3
C's 38,687 7.12
3
Others 20,298 3.74
0
Blank ballots 10,271 1.89
Valid votes 543,345 98.58
Invalid votes 7,847 1.42
Votes cast / turnout 551,192 55.79
Registered voters 988,057

Balearic Islands[edit]

List Votes % Seats
PP 123,183 28.52
20
PSOEGxF 83,804 19.41
15
MésMpM 66,199 15.32
9
Podemos/Podem 63,489 14.70
10
El Pi 34,237 7.93
3
C's–UPCM 27,589 6.39
2
Others 24,236 5.61
0
Blank ballots 8,080 1.87
Valid votes 431,859 98.63
Invalid votes 5,979 1.37
Votes cast / turnout 437,838 57.13
Registered voters 766,383

Canary Islands[edit]

List Votes % Seats
PSOE 182,006 19.89
15
PP 170,129 18.59
12
CCaPNC 166,979 18.25
18
Podemos 133,044 14.54
7
NCa 93,634 10.23
5
ASG 5,090 0.56
3
Others 147,455 16.11
0
Blank ballots 16,769 1.83
Valid votes 915,106 98.20
Invalid votes 16,770 1.80
Votes cast / turnout 931,876 56.09
Registered voters 1,661,272

Cantabria[edit]

Parliament of Cantabria after the election.
List Votes % Seats
PP 105,944 32.58
13
PRC 97,185 29.89
12
PSOE 45,653 14.04
5
Podemos 28,895 8.89
3
C's 22,552 6.94
2
Others 19,879 6.11
0
Blank ballots 5,025 1.55
Valid votes 325,133 98.27
Invalid votes 5,735 1.73
Votes cast / turnout 330,868 66.23
Registered voters 499,596

Castile and León[edit]

Cortes of Castile and León after the election.
List Votes % Seats
PP 514,301 37.73
42
PSOE 353,575 25.94
25
Podemos 165,475 12.14
10
C's 139,954 10.27
5
IUeQuo 56,516 4.15
1
UPL 19,176 1.41
1
Others 80,784 5.93
0
Blank ballots 33,274 2.44
Valid votes 1,363,055 97.93
Invalid votes 28,742 2.07
Votes cast / turnout 1,391,797 64.87
Registered voters 2,145,628

Castilla–La Mancha[edit]

Cortes of Castilla–La Mancha after the election.
List Votes % Seats
PP 413,349 37.49
16
PSOE 398,104 36.11
15
Podemos 107,463 9.75
2
Others 164,356 14.91
0
Blank ballots 19,256 1.75
Valid votes 1,102,528 97.82
Invalid votes 24,619 2.18
Votes cast / turnout 1,127,147 71.50
Registered voters 1,576,351

Extremadura[edit]

Assembly of Extremadura after the election.
List Votes % Seats
PSOESIEx 265,015 41.50
30
PP 236,266 37.00
28
Podemos 51,216 8.02
6
C's 28,010 4.39
1
Others 49,572 7.76
0
Blank ballots 8,561 1.34
Valid votes 638,640 98.14
Invalid votes 12,134 1.86
Votes cast / turnout 650,774 71.40
Registered voters 911,433

La Rioja[edit]

Parliament of La Rioja after the election.
List Votes % Seats
PP 63,094 38.62
15
PSOE 43,689 26.74
10
Podemos 18,319 11.21
4
C's 17,042 10.43
4
Others 18,290 11.20
0
Blank ballots 2,933 1.80
Valid votes 163,367 98.03
Invalid votes 3,282 1.97
Votes cast / turnout 166,649 67.29
Registered voters 247,663

Madrid[edit]

Assembly of Madrid after the election.
List Votes % Seats
PP 1,050,256 33.08
48
PSOE 807,385 25.43
37
Podemos 591,697 18.64
27
C's 385,836 12.15
17
Others 304,684 9.60
0
Blank ballots 34,856 1.10
Valid votes 3,174,714 99.03
Invalid votes 31,217 0.97
Votes cast / turnout 3,205,931 65.69
Registered voters 4,880,495

Murcia[edit]

Regional Assembly of Murcia after the election.
List Votes % Seats
PP 239,011 37.35
22
PSOE 153,231 23.95
13
Podemos 84,577 13.22
6
C's 80,459 12.57
4
Others 72,557 11.34
0
Blank ballots 10,057 1.57
Valid votes 639,892 98.00
Invalid votes 13,087 2.00
Votes cast / turnout 652,977 63.57
Registered voters 1,027,213

Navarre[edit]

Parliament of Navarre after the election.
List Votes % Seats
UPN 92,705 27.44
15
GBai 53,497 15.83
9
EH Bildu 48,166 14.25
8
Podemos 46,207 13.67
7
PSN–PSOE 45,164 13.37
7
PP 13,289 3.93
2
I–E 12,482 3.69
2
Others 19,775 5.85
0
Blank ballots 6,610 1.96
Valid votes 337,895 98.75
Invalid votes 4,278 1.25
Votes cast / turnout 342,173 68.26
Registered voters 501,267

Valencian Community[edit]

Corts Valencianes after the election.
List Votes % Seats
PP 658,612 26.61
31
PSPV–PSOE 509,098 20.57
23
Compromís 456,823 18.46
19
C's 309,121 12.49
13
Podemos 282,389 11.41
13
Others 225,132 9.10
0
Blank ballots 34,083 1.38
Valid votes 2,475,258 98.60
Invalid votes 35,201 1.40
Votes cast / turnout 2,510,459 69.56
Registered voters 3,609,265

References[edit]

  1. ^ "General Electoral System Organic Law of 1985". Organic Law No. 5 of 19 June 1985. Official State Gazette (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Representation of the people Institutional Act". juntaelectoralcentral.es. Central Electoral Commission. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Un paso más hacia la ruptura de la homogeneidad del calendario electoral de las comunidades autónomas: la reforma de la Ley Orgánica 13/1982, de 10 de agosto, de Reintegración y Amejoramiento del Régimen Foral de Navarra" [A further step towards breaking the homogeneity of the electoral calendar of the autonomous communities: the reform of the Organic Law 13/1982, of August 10, on Reintegration and Improvement of the Foral Regime of Navarre] (PDF). gencat.cat (in Spanish). Institut d'Estudis Autonòmics. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2017.

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