Record Modified: Aug 02 2023

June 5, 2011 Held


Portuguese Republic

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


Cast Votes:5,585,054
Valid Votes:5,357,037
Invalid Votes:228,017


Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Social Democratic Party 108 - 2,159,181


Socialist Party 74 - 1,566,347


Democratic and Social Center—People's Party (CDS/PP) (Partido do Centro Democrático e Social—Partido Popular) 24 - 653,888


Portuguese Communist Party-Ecologist Party "The Greens"-Democratic Unity Coalition (PCP-PE CDU) (Partido Comunista Português-Partido Ecologista "Os Verdes" (Coligação Democrática Unitária) (PCP-PE CDU)) 16 - 441,147


Left Bloc 8 - 288,923


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.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the President 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.***

** The Prime Minister is usually leader of the majority party or coalition in the legislature.

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

Main parties in the electoral race:

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 10,557,560 (2011)
  • Registered Voters: 9,657,312 (January 2011)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 5,518,047 (2011)

·         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: 61 (following the 2011 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 43

·         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: 1,583,634 (est.)