ElectionGudie

March 9, 2008 Held

25,900,442
Voted
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Kingdom of Spain

Election for Congreso de los Diputados (Congress of Deputies)

Results

73%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:25,900,442
Valid Votes:25,734,866
Invalid Votes:165,576

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Spanish Socialist Workers' Party 169 - 11,289,335

43.90%

Popular Party 154 - 10,278,010

39.90%

United Left 2 - 969,946

3.80%

Convergence and Union 10 - 779,425

3.00%

Others - - 614,800

2.40%

Basque Nationalist Party 6 - 306,128

1.20%

Union, Progress and Democracy 1 - 306,079

1.20%

Republican Left of Catalonia 3 - 298,139

1.20%

Galician Nationalist Bloc 2 - 212,543

0.80%

Canarian Coalition 2 - 174,629

0.70%

Andalusian Party - - 68,679

0.30%

Yes to Navarre 1 - 62,398

0.20%

Basque Solidarity - - 50,371

0.20%

Aragonese Union - - 38,202

0.10%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 350 seats in the Congress of Deputies (Congreso de los Diputados)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: King JUAN CARLOS I
  • Head of Government: President of the Governme Jose Luis RODRIGUEZ ZAPATERO
  • Assembly: Spain has a bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate (Senado) with 259 seats and the Congress of Deputies (Congreso de los Diputados) with 350 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The King is hereditary N/A.
  • In the Senate (Senado), 208 members are elected by direct popular vote to serve 4-year terms and 51 members are appointed by regional legislatures to serve 4-year terms. In the Congress of Deputies (Congreso de los Diputados), 248 members are elected by popular vote on block lists by proportional representation to serve 4-year terms and 102 members are elected in single- and multi-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: People's Party (PP)
    • Leader: Mariano RAJOY
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 101
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 102
    • Seats won in this Congress of Deputies election: 154
    • Seats won in last Congress of Deputies election: 148
  • Party: Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE)
    • Leader: Jose Luis RODRIGUEZ ZAPATERO
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 89
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 81
    • Seats won in this Congress of Deputies election: 169
    • Seats won in last Congress of Deputies election: 164
  • Party: Convergence and Union (CiU)
    • Leader: Artur MAS i Gavarro
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 4
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 4
    • Seats won in this Congress of Deputies election: 10
    • Seats won in last Congress of Deputies election: 10
  • Party: United Left (IU)
    • Leader: Gaspar LLAMAZARES
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in this Congress of Deputies election: 2
    • Seats won in last Congress of Deputies election: 5
  • Party: Basque Nationalist Party (EAJ-PNV)
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 2
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 6
    • Seats won in this Congress of Deputies election: 6
    • Seats won in last Congress of Deputies election: 7
  • Party: Canarian Coalition (CC-PNC)
    • Leader: Jose Torres STINGA
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 3
    • Seats won in this Congress of Deputies election: 2
    • Seats won in last Congress of Deputies election: 3
  • Party: Galician Nationalist Bloc (BNG)
    • Leader: Anxo QUINTANA
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in this Congress of Deputies election: 2
    • Seats won in last Congress of Deputies election: 2
  • Party: Andalusian Party (AP)
    • Leader: Antonio ORTEGA
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in this Congress of Deputies election: 0
    • Seats won in last Congress of Deputies election: 0
  • Party: Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC)
    • Leader: Josep-Lluís CAROD-ROVIRA
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in this Congress of Deputies election: 3
    • Seats won in last Congress of Deputies election: 8
  • Party: We The Basque People (EA)
    • Leader: Unai ZIARRETA
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in this Congress of Deputies election: 0
    • Seats won in last Congress of Deputies election: 1
  • Party: Navarre Yes / Na-Bai
    • Leader: Nxue BARKOS Berruezo
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in this Congress of Deputies election: 1
    • Seats won in last Congress of Deputies election: 1
  • Party: Union, Progress and Democracy (UPyD)
    • Leader: Rosa Díez
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 0
    • Seats won in this Congress of Deputies election: 1
    • Seats won in last Congress of Deputies election: 0
  • Party: Entesa Catalonia de Progres (PSC-ERC-ICV-EUiA)*************
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this Senate election: 12
    • Seats won in last Senate election: 12
    • Seats won in this Congress of Deputies election: 0
    • Seats won in last Congress of Deputies election: 0

************* Senate coaltion grouping of 4 Catalonian parties

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 45,954,106 (2008)
  • Registered Voters: 33,875,268 (registered for lower house) 33,872,901 (for upper house)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 23,225,520 (2008)

·         Is Spain a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Spain ratified CEDAW: Yes (5 January 1984)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 127 (Congress of Deputies); 79 (Senate) following the 2008 elections

·         Human Development Index Position: 26

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Very Low

Disability Data:

·         Is Spain a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007): 

·         Has Spain ratified CRPD: Yes (3 December 2007)

·         Population with a disability: 6,893,115 (est.)