Basque regional election dates and Voting Live

Basque regional election dates and Voting Live 2020 
Basque regional election Dates 2020
Basque regional election ​ Date: April 5, 2020​ 

The 2020 Basque regional election was to be held on Sunday, 5 April 2020, simultaneously with a regional election in Galicia, to elect the 12th Parliament of the Basque Autonomous Community, with all 75 seats in the Parliament being up for election.


Basque regional election dates and Voting Live 2020 

On 4 February 2020, Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu had discussed holding a snap election within a cabinet meeting, fulfilling a legal requirement previous to any election call and sparking speculation that a regional election was imminent. Six days later, on 10 February, Urkullu confirmed the election for 5 April, seeking to distance himself from the convoluted political landscape in Catalonia after a 2020 election in the region was announced by Catalan president Quim Torra. The announcement of the Basque election prompted Galician president Alberto Núñez Feijóo to trigger a snap election in Galicia as well. However, on 16 March it was announced that the vote would be postponed for the duration of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Spain, shortly after Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's declaration of a nationwide lockdown in the country starting on the previous day.


The Electoral system of Basque

The Basque Parliament is the devolved, unicameral legislature of the autonomous community of the Basque Country, having legislative power in regional matters as defined by the Spanish Constitution and the Basque Statute of Autonomy, as well as the ability to vote confidence in or withdraw it from a lehendakari.

Voting for the Parliament is on the basis of universal suffrage, which comprises all nationals over eighteen, registered in the Basque Country and in full enjoyment of their political rights. Additionally, Basques abroad are required to apply for voting before being permitted to vote, a system known as "begged" or expat vote (Spanish: Voto rogado). The 75 members of the Basque Parliament are elected using the D'Hondt method and a closed list proportional representation, with a threshold of three percent of valid votes—which includes blank ballots—being applied in each constituency. Parties not reaching the threshold are not taken into consideration for seat distribution. Seats are allocated to constituencies, corresponding to the provinces of Álava, Biscay and Gipuzkoa, being allocated a fixed number of 25 seats each to provide for an equal representation of the three provinces in parliament as required under the regional statute of autonomy. This means that Álava is allocated the same number of seats as Biscay and Gipuzkoa, despite their populations being, as of 1 July 2019, 328,571, 1,138,871 and 714,477, respectively.

The use of the D'Hondt method may result in a higher effective threshold, depending on the district magnitude.


Basque election Party and candidate 

  • EAJ/PNV
  • EH Bildu
  • Elkarrekin Podemos–IU
  • PP+Cs

Basque Elections Results

#To Be Announced


Past Basque Elections Results 

Popular vote

     

EAJ/PNV

37.36%

EH Bildu

21.13%

E. Podemos

14.76%

PSE–EE (PSOE)

11.86%

PP

10.11%

C's

2.02%

Others

2.13%

Blank ballots

0.63%

 

Seats

     

EAJ/PNV

37.33%

EH Bildu

24.00%

E. Podemos

14.67%

PSE–EE (PSOE)

12.00%

PP

12.00%