ElectionGudie

May 6, 1999 Held

2,338,914
Voted
Scotland (part of the United Kingdom)

Scotland

Election for Pàrlamaid na h-Alba (Scottish Parliament)

Results

58%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:2,338,914
Valid Votes:2,338,914
Invalid Votes:0

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Scottish Labour Party 56 786,818

33.60%

Scottish National Party 35 638,644

27.30%

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 18 359,109

15.40%

Scottish Liberal Democrats 17 290,760

12.40%

Scottish Green Party 1 84,023

3.60%

Scottish Socialist Party 1 64,635

2.00%

Others 1 34,848

3.30%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 129 seats in the Scottish Parliament (Pàrlamaid na h-Alba)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II
  • Head of Government: Vacant.**
  • Assembly: Scotland (part of the United Kingdom) has a unicameral Scottish Parliament (Pàrlamaid na h-Alba) with 129 seats.

** The office of First Minister was created with this election. Donald DEWAR became the initial First Minister on May 7.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Queen is the hereditary N/A.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the monarch.
  • In the Scottish Parliament (Pàrlamaid na h-Alba), 73 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms and 56 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.***

*** Seats in the proportional tier are allocated using the d'Hondt method.

Main parties in the electoral race:

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 58,970,119 (July 1998 Population of the U.K. est.)
  • Registered Voters: 4,000,000 ( approx.)