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  Sun, Mar 29, 2009
Eastern Europe update
Bulgaria holds a parliamentary election this year, currently scheduled for June 14. Elections to the Bulgarian National Assembly has the results of legislative elections in Bulgaria since 1991, as well as an overview of Bulgaria's proportional representation electoral system.

Detailed election statistics are also available in Bulgarian Elections since 1991; the site's introductory pages are in Bulgarian, but results are available in both Bulgarian and English.

The Czech Republic's center-right coalition government of Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek collapsed last week after losing a parliamentary vote of confidence, and the Central European country will be holding an early legislative election this year, following an agreement between Topolánek, who heads the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), the largest party in Parliament, and Jiří Paroubek, the leader of the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD), the main opposition party.

The election is expected to be held by October, but the actual date has not been determined yet. Parliamentary Elections in the Czech Republic - Elections to the Chamber of Deputies has an overview of the Czech electoral system, as well as lower house election results since 1996.

Update-on-the-update: Topolánek's toppling leads to early Czech election, on Global Economy Matters covers the ongoing cabinet crisis.

Hungarian Prime Minister Gyurcsány steps down - now what?, on Global Economy Matters covers the announced departure of Hungary's head of government.

Elections to the Hungarian National Assembly has a description of Hungary's complicated electoral system, as well as parliamentary election results since 1990.

Macedonia and Moldova go to the polls next April 5, the former for a presidential runoff election, the latter for parliamentary elections. Election links for both countries are available on Election Resources on the Internet: Central and Eastern Europe.

Montenegro holds an early parliamentary election today, eighteen months ahead of schedule. The Republic Electoral Commission has the results of the preceding 2006 general election in Montenegrin (Serbian).

Update-on-the-update: Montenegro's Republic Electoral Commission now has 2009 election results on its website.

Slovakia, which held a presidential election last March 21, returns to the polls next Saturday, April 4 for a runoff vote. Presidential and Legislative Elections in Slovakia has the results of national elections in Slovakia since 1994, and an overview of the Slovak electoral system, while Slovakia's 2009 presidential election, on Global Economy Matters has more information about this year's presidential vote.

Finally, Turkey holds local elections today that are seen as a referendum on the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. AKP narrowly avoided being outlawed last year, as detailed in Elections to the Turkish Grand National Assembly.

Update-on-the-update: Turkish newsdaily Hurriyet ("Liberty") has live 2009 election results in English and Turkish here; live results are also available in Turkish only on NTVMSNBC's Election 2009 website.

posted by Manuel Álvarez-Rivera : 03/29/2009 12:04 | permanent link

  Tue, Mar 10, 2009
PSdeG-PSOE also wins an additional seat in the Galician Parliament
(Esta entrada está disponible también en español.)

The Party of Galician Socialists (PSdeG-PSOE) has won an additional seat in the Galician Parliament after absentee votes were tallied in the province of Ourense (Orense), according to Spanish news media reports.

In the election to the Galician Parliament held at the beginning of this month, the Popular Party (PP) won the last of Ourense's fourteen seats with a quotient of 12,895 (for a total of eight mandates), while PSdeG-PSOE obtained four seats and attained a quotient of 12,833 for a fifth mandate. However, the Galician Socialists won 7,979 votes from Galician voters residing abroad to 6,465 for PP, which were more than enough to modify the preliminary seat allocation: PSdeG-PSOE only needed to obtain 311 additional votes, and then five votes for every eight won by PP.

As a result, the distribution of seats in the Galician Parliament now stands as follows:

PP - 38
PSdeG-PSOE - 25
BNG - 12

The loss of Ourense's last seat reduces PP's absolute majority to a single vote, while PSdeG-PSOE now has the same number of mandates it won four years ago.

Link (in Spanish): El voto emigrante da un quinto escaño al PSdeG

posted by Manuel Álvarez-Rivera : 03/10/2009 09:52 | permanent link

PSdeG-PSOE también consigue escaño adicional en el Parlamento de Galicia
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El Partido dos Socialista de Galicia (PSdeG-PSOE) ha conseguido un escaño adicional en el Parlamento de Galicia luego de que se contabilizara el voto ausente en la provincia de Ourense (Orense), según informes de los medios noticiosos de España.

En las elecciones al Parlamento de Galicia celebradas a principios de este mes, el Partido Popular (PP) consiguió el último de los catorce escaños de Ourense con un cociente de 12,895 (para un total de ocho mandatos), mientras que PSdeG-PSOE obtuvo cuatro escaños y alcanzó un cociente de 12,833 para un quinto mandato. Sin embargo, los socialistas gallegos consiguieron 7,979 votos de electores gallegos residentes en el extranjero frente a 6,465 para el PP, los cuales fueron más que suficientes para modificar el reparto preliminar de escaños: el PSdeG-PSOE solamente necesitaba obtener 311 votos adicionales, y entonces cinco votos por cada ocho que obtuviera el PP.

Como resultado, la distribución de escaños en el Parlamento de Galicia queda ahora de la siguiente manera:

PP - 38
PSdeG-PSOE - 25
BNG - 12

La pérdida del último escaño en Ourense reduce la mayoría absoluta del PP a un solo escaño, mientras que PSdeG-PSOE cuenta ahora con el mismo número de mandatos que obtuvo hace cuatro años.

Enlace: El voto emigrante da un quinto escaño al PSdeG

posted by Manuel Álvarez-Rivera : 03/10/2009 09:52 | permanent link

  Fri, Mar 06, 2009
PSE-EE captures additional seat in Basque Parliament
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The Spanish news media reports that the Socialist Party of Euskadi-Euskadi Left (PSE-EE/PSOE) has won an additional seat in the Basque Parliament, following today's tally of absentee votes in the province of Araba (Álava).

In last Sunday's election to the Basque Parliament, Basque Solidarity (EA) won the last of Araba's twenty-five seats with 5,267 votes, narrowly ahead of PSE-EE, which had a quotient of 5,266 for a ninth mandate. However, EA won only six votes from Basque voters residing abroad to 140 for PSE-EE, which divided by nine are more than enough to overcome EA's lead in the preliminary count.

According to Europa Press, the distribution of the CERA (absentee) vote in Araba was as follows:

EAJ/PNV - 146
PSE-EE/PSOE - 140
PP - 83
EB-B - 16
UPyD - 12
Aralar - 7
EA - 6
Others - 9

As a result, the distribution of seats in the Basque Parliament now stands as follows:

EAJ-PNV - 30
PSE-EE/PSOE - 25
PP - 13
Aralar - 4
EA - 1
EB-B - 1
UPyD - 1

The loss of Araba's seat is a fresh setback for the EA party, which lost its single seat in the Congress of Deputies in last year's general election in Spain, and now will be reduced to a single seat in the Basque Parliament (down from seven won four years ago in coalition with EAJ-PNV). But more importantly, Spain's two major parties - PSOE and PP - will command a joint majority of one vote in the Basque legislature, and PSE-EE leader Patxi López could form a government solely with PP support, without having to depend on the anti-nationalist Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD).

Link (in Spanish): El PSE-EE obtiene 140 votos de los residentes en el extranjero, frente a los 6 de EA

posted by Manuel Álvarez-Rivera : 03/06/2009 11:25 | permanent link

PSE-EE captura un escaño adicional en el Parlamento Vasco
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Los medios noticiosos de España informan que el Partido Socialista de Euskadi-Euskadiko Ezkerra (PSE-EE/PSOE) ha conseguido un escaño adicional en el Parlamento Vasco, tras la contabilización en el día de hoy del voto ausente en la provincia de Araba (Álava).

En las elecciones al Parlamento Vasco del pasado domingo, Eusko Alkartasuna (EA) consiguió el último de los veinticinco escaños de Araba con 5,267 votos, escasamente al frente de PSE-EE, que tenía un cociente de 5,266 para un noveno mandato. Sin embargo, EA solamente obtuvo seis votos de electores vascos residentes en el extranjero frente a 140 para PSE-EE, los cuales divididos por nueve son más que suficientes para superar la ventaja de EA en el conteo preliminar.

Según Europa Press, la distribución del voto CERA en Araba quedó de la siguiente manera:

EAJ/PNV - 146
PSE-EE/PSOE - 140
PP - 83
EB-B - 16
UPyD - 12
Aralar - 7
EA - 6
Otros - 9

Como resultado, la distribución de escaños en el Parlamento Vasco queda ahora de la siguiente manera:

EAJ-PNV - 30
PSE-EE/PSOE - 25
PP - 13
Aralar - 4
EA - 1
EB-B - 1
UPyD - 1

La pérdida del escaño en Araba constituye un nuevo revés para EA, formación que perdió su único escaño en el Congreso de los Diputados en las elecciones generales celebradas en España el año pasado, y que ahora quedará reducida a un solo escaño en el Parlamento Vasco (de siete que obtuvo hace cuatro años en coalición con EAJ-PNV). Pero más importante aún, los dos partidos principales de España - el PSOE y el PP - ostentarán una mayoría conjunta de un voto en la legislatura vasca, y el líder del PSE-EE, Patxi López podría formar gobierno exclusivamente con el apoyo del PP, sin tener que depender de la anti-nacionalista Unión, Progreso y Democracia (UPyD).

Enlace: El PSE-EE obtiene 140 votos de los residentes en el extranjero, frente a los 6 de EA

posted by Manuel Álvarez-Rivera : 03/06/2009 11:25 | permanent link