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Murcian parliamentary election, 1983

Murcian parliamentary election, 1983

8 May 1983

All 43 seats in the Regional Assembly of Murcia
22 seats needed for a majority
Registered 675,082
Turnout 462,212 (68.5%)
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Andrés Hernández Ros José Lucas Pedro Antonio Ríos
Party PSOE CP PCE
Leader since 1978 1983 1983
Seats won 26 16 1
Popular vote 238,968 162,074 32,113
Percentage 52.2% 35.4% 7.0%

President before election

Andrés Hernández Ros
PSOE

Elected President

Andrés Hernández Ros
PSOE

The 1983 Murcian parliamentary election was held on Sunday, 8 May 1983, to elect the 1st Regional Assembly of Murcia, the regional legislature of the Spanish autonomous community of the Region of Murcia. At stake were all 43 seats in the Assembly, determining the President of the Region of Murcia.

The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) went on to win a comfortable absolute majority of both seats and votes, emerging as the largest party in the Region. The People's Coalition, an electoral alliance led by the right-wing People's Alliance (AP), which included the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the Liberal Union (UL), became the second political force and the main opposition party, whereas the Communist Party of Spain (PCE) also entered the Assembly, obtaining 1 seat.

As a result of the election, Socialist Andrés Hernández Ros, who since 1979 had been the President of the Regional Council of Murcia (the pre-autonomic regional government), became the first democratically-elected President of the region.

Contents

  • Electoral system 1
  • Results 2
    • Overall 2.1
  • References 3

Electoral system

The number of seats in the Regional Assembly of Murcia was set to 43 for the 1983-1987 period. 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:

As the community had not passed an electoral law of its own at the time, the electoral system came regulated under Decree 16/1983, which distributed the Regional Assembly seats as follows: District One (7), District Two (10) District Three (19), District Four (4) and District Five (3).

Voting was on the basis of universal suffrage in a secret ballot. Only lists polling above 3% of valid votes in each district (which include blank ballots—for none of the above) were entitled to enter the seat distribution.[1]

Results

Overall

Summary of the 8 May 1983 Murcian Regional Assembly election results
Party Vote Seats
Votes % ±pp Won +/−
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 238,968 52.23 26
People's Coalition (AP-PDP-UL) 162,074 35.42 16
Communist Party of Spain (PCE) 32,113 7.02 1
Cantonal Party (PCAN) 12,967 2.83 0
Democratic and Social Centre (CDS) 5,224 1.14 0
Liberal Democratic Party (PDL) 3,603 0.79 0
Blank ballots 2,608 0.57
Total 457,557 100.00 43
Valid votes 457,557 98.99
Invalid votes 4,655 1.01
Votes cast / turnout 462,212 68.47
Abstentions 212,870 31.53
Registered voters 675,082
Source(s): Argos Information Portal
Vote share
PSOE
  
52.23%
AP-PDP-UL
  
35.42%
PCE
  
7.02%
PCAN
  
2.83%
CDS
  
1.14%
PDL
  
0.79%
Blank ballots
  
0.57%
Parliamentary seats
PSOE
  
60.47%
AP-PDP-UL
  
37.21%
PCE
  
2.33%

References

  1. ^ "Decree 16/1983, of 9 March, for the calling of elections to the Regional Assembly of the Autonomous Community of Murcia". 
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