Ceuta (Spanish Congress Electoral District)


Ceuta (Spanish Congress Electoral District)
Location of Ceuta electoral district.

Ceuta is one of the 52 electoral districts (circunscripciones) used for the Spanish Congress of Deputies - the lower chamber of the Spanish Parliament, the Cortes Generales. It has the second smallest electorate of all the 52 districts [1] and together with the other African enclave of Melilla it is one of just two single member districts in Congress.

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Boundaries and electoral system

Under Article 68.2 of the Spanish constitution [2] the constituency must be a single member district and the boundaries must be the same as the Autonomous City of Ceuta and under Article 140 this can only be altered with the approval of congress. Voting is on the basis of universal suffrage in a secret ballot. Officially, the electoral system used is closed list proportional representation with seats allocated using the D'Hondt method. The fact that Ceuta is a single member district means that in practice it uses the same first past the post system used in many anglophone countries like the United Kingdom and USA.

Under Article 12 of the constitution, the minimum voting age is 18.

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Eligibility

Article 67.3 of the Spanish Constitution prohibits dual membership of the Cortes and regional assemblies, meaning that candidates must resign from Regional Assemblies if elected. Article 70 also makes active judges, magistrates, public defenders, serving military personnel, active police officers and members of constitutional and electoral tribunals ineligible. [2]

Results

Generally elections in Ceuta have followed the national trend. The Union of the Democratic Centre won the first two elections in 1977 and 1979, but the seat was gained by the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) during their landslide victory of 1982. They held the seat until the 1993 General Election when it was gained by the Partido Popular (PP) who have held the seat since then.

2008 General Election

e • d Summary of the 9 March 2008 Congress of Deputies election results in Ceuta.
Parties and alliances Votes % Member elected
People's Party (Partido Popular) 20,040 55.11 Francisco González Pérez
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (Partido Socialista Obrero Español) 14,716 40.47
Union, Progress and Democracy (Unión, Progreso y Democracia) 481 1.32
United Left Ceuta (Izquierda Unida De Ceuta) 244 0.67
Los Verdes-Grupo Verde 220 0.6
Partido Antitaurino Contra El Maltrato Animal 104 0.29
Social Democratic Party (Partido Social Demócrata) 67 0.18
Traditionalist Spanish Falange and of the Unions of the National-Syndicalist Offensive (Falange Española Tradicionalista de las Juntas de Ofensiva Nacional-Sindicalista) 58 0.16
Por un Mundo más Justo 42 0.12
Citizens – Party of the Citizenry (Ciudadanos – Partido de la Ciudadanía) 32 0.09
Alternativa Espanola 18 0.05

2004 General Election

e • d Summary of the 14 March 2004 Congress of Deputies election results in Ceuta.
Parties and alliances Votes % Member elected
People's Party (Partido Popular) 21,142 59.24 Francisco González Pérez
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (Partido Socialista Obrero Español) 12,769 35.78
Socialist Party of the People of Ceuta 807 2.26
United Left 218 0.61
Others 240 0.70

Source: [3]

2000 General Election

e • d Summary of the 12 March 2000 Congress of Deputies election results in Ceuta.
Parties and alliances Votes % Member elected
People's Party (Partido Popular)-Melillense People's Union 14,514 49.80 Francisco González Pérez
Independent Liberal Group (Grupo Independiente Liberal) 8,758 28.71
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (Partido Socialista Obrero Español) 5,491 18.00
Socialist Party of the People of Ceuta 788 2.58
United Left 229 0.75
Others 256 0.61

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References

  1. ^ Melilla 2004 electorate
  2. ^ a b Spanish Constitution
  3. ^ Interior ministry link to election results


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