ElectionGudie

Sept. 27, 2009 Held

5,683,967
Voted
Portugal

Portuguese Republic

Election for Assembleia da República (Portuguese Assembly of the Republic)

Results

58%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:5,683,967
Valid Votes:5,506,783
Invalid Votes:177,184

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Socialist Party 97 - 2,077,695

37.73%

Social Democratic Party 81 - 1,654,777

30.05%

Popular Party 21 - 592,997

10.77%

Left Bloc 16 - 558,062

10.13%

United Democratic Coalition 15 - 449,644

8.17%

Portuguese Communist Workers' Party - - 52,784

0.96%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 230 seats in the Assembly of the Republic (Assembleia da Republica)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Anibal CAVACO SILVA
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Jose SOCRATES
  • Assembly: Portugal has a unicameral Assembly of the Republic (Assembleia da Republica) with 230 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.
  • Prime Minister is appointed to serve a 4-year term.
  • In the Assembly of the Republic (Assembleia da Republica) 230 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.***

*** There are 22 multi-member districts. Seats are allocated using the d'Hondt method.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Socialist Party / Partido Socialista (PS)
    • Leader: Jose SOCRATES
    • Seats won in this election: 97
    • Seats won in last election: 121
  • Party: Social Democratic Party / Partido Social Democrata (PPD/PSD)
    • Leader: Manuel FERREIRA LEITE
    • Seats won in this election: 81
    • Seats won in last election: 74
  • Alliance: United Democratic Coalition / (PCP/PEV)***
    • Leader: Jeronimo de SOUSA
    • Seats won in this election: 15
    • Seats won in last election: 14
  • Party: Popular Party / Partido Popular (CDS-PP)
    • Leader: Paulo PORTAS
    • Seats won in this election: 21
    • Seats won in last election: 12
  • Party: Left Bloc / Bloco de Esquerda (B.E.)
    • Leader: Franciso LOUCA
    • Seats won in this election: 16
    • Seats won in last election: 8

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 10,568,247 (2009)
  • Registered Voters: 9,519,921 (2009)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 5,498,119 (2009)

·         Is Portugal a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (24 April 1980)

·         Has Portugal ratified CEDAW: Yes (30 July 1980)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 64 (following the 2009 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 43 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

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

·         Has Portugal ratified CRPD: Yes (23 September 2009)

·         Population with a disability: 1,585,237 (est.)