1991 Murcian regional election

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1991 Murcian regional election

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All 45 seats in the Regional Assembly of Murcia
23 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Registered777,934 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg10.8%
Turnout522,802 (67.2%)
Red Arrow Down.svg5.8 pp
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Carlos Collado Juan Ramón Calero Pedro Antonio Ríos
Leader since 31 March 1984 4 January 1990 1983
Leader's seat Three Three Three
Last election 25 seats, 43.7% 16 seats, 31.5%[a] 1 seat, 7.5%
Seats won 24 17 4
Seat change Red Arrow Down.svg1 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg1 Green Arrow Up Darker.svg3
Popular vote 234,421 173,491 52,863
Percentage 45.3% 33.5% 10.2%
Swing Green Arrow Up Darker.svg1.6 pp Green Arrow Up Darker.svg2.0 pp Green Arrow Up Darker.svg2.7 pp

Constituency results map for the Regional Assembly of Murcia

President before election

Carlos Collado

Elected President

Carlos Collado

The 1991 Murcian regional election was held on Sunday, 26 May 1991, to elect the 3rd Regional Assembly of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia. All 45 seats in the Regional Assembly were up for election. The election was held simultaneously with regional elections in twelve other autonomous communities and local elections all throughout Spain.


Electoral system[edit]

The Regional Assembly of Murcia was the devolved, unicameral legislature of the autonomous community of Murcia, having legislative power in regional matters as defined by the Spanish Constitution and the Murcian Statute of Autonomy, as well as the ability to vote confidence in or withdraw it from a President of the Region.[1] Voting for the Regional Assembly was on the basis of universal suffrage, which comprised all nationals over eighteen, registered in the Region of Murcia and in full enjoyment of their political rights.

The 45 members of the Regional Assembly of Murcia were elected using the D'Hondt method and a closed list proportional representation, with a threshold of 5 percent of valid votes—which included blank ballots—being applied regionally. Parties not reaching the threshold were not taken into consideration for seat distribution. Seats were allocated to constituencies, which were established by law as follows:

Each constituency was entitled to an initial minimum of one seat, with the remaining 40 allocated among the constituencies in proportion to their populations.[2]

The electoral law provided that parties, federations, coalitions and groupings of electors were allowed to present lists of candidates. However, groupings of electors were required to secure the signature of at least 1 percent of the electors registered in the constituency for which they sought election. Electors were barred from signing for more than one list of candidates. Concurrently, parties and federations intending to enter in coalition to take part jointly at an election were required to inform the relevant Electoral Commission within ten days of the election being called.[2][3][4]

Election date[edit]

The term of the Regional Assembly of Murcia expired four years after the date of its previous election. Legal amendments earlier in 1991 established that elections to the Regional Assembly were to be fixed for the fourth Sunday of May every four years. The previous election was held on 10 June 1987, setting the election date for the Regional Assembly on Sunday, 26 May 1991.[1][2][3][4]

The Regional Assembly of Murcia could not be dissolved before the date of expiry of parliament except in the event of an investiture process failing to elect a regional President within a two-month period from the first ballot. In such a case, the Regional Assembly was to be automatically dissolved and a snap election called, with elected deputies merely serving out what remained of their four-year terms.[1]

Opinion polls[edit]

The table below lists voting intention estimates in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first and using the dates when the survey fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. Where the fieldwork dates are unknown, the date of publication is given instead. The highest percentage figure in each polling survey is displayed with its background shaded in the leading party's colour. If a tie ensues, this is applied to the figures with the highest percentages. The "Lead" column on the right shows the percentage-point difference between the parties with the highest percentages in a given poll. When available, seat projections are also displayed below the voting estimates in a smaller font. 23 seats were required for an absolute majority in the Regional Assembly of Murcia.



Summary of the 26 May 1991 Regional Assembly of Murcia election results
Parties and coalitions Popular vote Seats
Votes % ±pp Total +/−
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 234,421 45.27 +1.56 24 –1
People's Party (PP)1 173,491 33.51 +2.01 17 +1
United Left (IU) 52,863 10.21 +2.76 4 +3
Democratic and Social Centre (CDS) 25,938 5.01 –6.92 0 –3
Regional Electoral Coalition (PCAN–PRM)2 15,702 3.03 –0.76 0 ±0
The Greens (LV) 5,760 1.11 New 0 ±0
Rainbow (Arcoiris) 2,941 0.57 New 0 ±0
The Greens EcologistHumanist List (LVLE–H)3 1,812 0.35 +0.07 0 ±0
Blank ballots 4,846 0.94 –0.02
Total 517,774 45 ±0
Valid votes 517,774 99.04 +0.20
Invalid votes 5,028 0.96 –0.20
Votes cast / turnout 522,802 67.20 –5.79
Abstentions 255,132 32.80 +5.79
Registered voters 777,934
Popular vote
Blank ballots


  1. ^ Data for AP in the 1987 election.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Within PP.


Opinion poll sources
  1. ^ a b c "Seis comunidades dependen de pactos". ABC (in Spanish). 20 May 1991.
  2. ^ a b c "Las elecciones de 26-5-91". CEPC (in Spanish). August 1991.
  3. ^ "Los ojos se vuelven hacia IU". El País (in Spanish). 19 May 1991.
  4. ^ "Ficha técnica". El País (in Spanish). 19 May 1991.
  1. ^ a b c "Statute of Autonomy for the Region of Murcia of 1982". Organic Law No. 4 of 9 June 1982. Official State Gazette (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Region of Murcia Electoral Law of 1987". Law No. 2 of 24 February 1987. Official Gazette of the Region of Murcia (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b "General Electoral System Organic Law of 1985". Organic Law No. 5 of 19 June 1985. Official State Gazette (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Representation of the people Institutional Act". juntaelectoralcentral.es. Central Electoral Commission. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Regional Assembly of Murcia election, 1991". datoselecciones.com (in Spanish). Election Data. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Regional Assembly of Murcia election results, 26 May 1991" (PDF). juntaelectoralcentral.es (in Spanish). Electoral Commission of Murcia. 19 October 1991. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Regional Elections. Evolution of Turnout and Votes from the Main Political Parties". econet.carm.es (in Spanish). Regional Statistics Center of Murcia. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Regional Assembly of Murcia elections since 1983". historiaelectoral.com (in Spanish). Electoral History. Retrieved 30 September 2017.