Plushunian legislative election, September 2020
All 25 seats of the Plushunian Parliament
Elections for the Plushunian Parliament were held on 6 September 2020. Unlike the previous legislative elections, in which the members of the Parliament were elected using a proportional party-list system, the September election used a mixed member majoritarian (parallel voting) system, part of the members of the Parliament being elected proportionally from national party lists while the other part was elected through the first-past-the-post system from 8 single-member constituencies. Furthermore, the number of Parliament seats increased from 20 to 25, so that the Parliament will no longer enter gridlock due to it being split in equal factions.
The election was originally set to take place on 23 August, although in late July 2020 it was rescheduled for 30 August 2020, with the electoral campaign starting on 17 August. However, due to several technical difficulties with the organisation of the elections during summertime and in safe conditions given the COVID-19 pandemic, they were once again postponed through a decision of the Plushunian Parliament on 24 August, the election being finally scheduled for 6 September and the electoral campaign being prolonged for one more week.
The election resulted in a landslide victory of the Democratic Liberal Party, that managed to win 40% of the seats in the Parliament, a historical record, despite it only winning 30% of the popular vote.
Voting system and constituencies
For the first time in Plushunian history, the next legislature will be elected through a mixed member majoritarian (parallel voting) system instead of the party-list proportional representation system. Thus, 17 seats of the Parliament will be filled through proportional representation, while the 8 remaining MPs will be elected through the first-past-the-post system from 8 single-member constituencies, every voter actually participating in two simultaneous elections, one to fill the 17 proportionally distributed seats and the other to elect the representative of the single-member constituency in which the voter resides.
Due to the nature of the new voting system, the country was divided by the Government in 8 electoral constituencies, each having around 50 residents. The electoral constituencies are:
• Plușeni 1 (the Plușurilor sector)
• Plușeni 2 (the Unirea Vest neighborhood)
• Plușeni 3 (the Unirea Est and Industriilor neighborhoods)
• New Plușeni 1 (the eastern part of the Municipality of New Plușeni)
• New Plușeni 2 (the western part of the Municipality of New Plușeni)
• Ialomița 1 (the eastern part of the Municipality of Ialomița)
• Ialomița 2 (the western part of the Municipality of Ialomița)
• Argeș 1 (the Municipality of Argeș)
Competing parties, candidates and pre-election agreements
The Democratic Liberal Party
The Social Democratic Union
The Liberal Alliance
The National Democratic Party
|Democratic Liberal Party||10||40%||103||30.21%|
|Social Democratic Union||5||20%||87||25.51%|
|National Democratic Party||3||12%||56||16.42%|
The results of the election were published on 7 September 2020.