Sabioveronese general election, 2016

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Sabioveronese general election, 2016

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2015 ←
18 September 2016
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19 out of 20 seats of the Parliament
11 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 93.4%
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Andrew Blackhorse Shounn Virny Apollo Cerwyn
Party Unity Party Artists' Guild Left Alliance
Leader since August 2015 August 2015 May 2016
Leader's seat Sejê-Kepren Kotavari Fervy
Last election 3 seats, 40.0% 7 seats, 60.0% Did not contest
Seats won 9 6 4
Seat change 6 1 2
Popular vote 18 16 9
Percentage 41.9% 37.2% 20.9%
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Prime Minister before election

Shounn Virny
Artists' Guild

Prime Minister after election

Shounn Virny
Artists' Guild

A parliamentary election took place in Sabia and Verona on Sunday, 18 September 2016. 19 out of 20 seats in the Parliament will be up for re-election, after the passing of the Law of Parliamentary Constituencies of the Kingdom in May 2016. This represents a considerable increase in parliamentary seats from the ten seats the Parliament originally had in its first election in 2015. An additional seat was reserved for a representative of the Church of the Pahun, the religion of the state. In addition, the Governor of Gonn and the Chief of Government of the City of Alios were also elected.

The election resulted in a fractured Parliament, with no party achieving a clear majority. Unity got the largest share of votes, and thus, the largest amount of seats, with 9.[1] In second came the National Artists' Guild (NNS), with six seats, and the Left Alliance came in last with four seats.[1] Following the election, the NNS and the Left formed a coalition government headed by Shounn Virny, who became the first Prime Minister in Sabioveronese history to form two consecutive governments.[2] Left leader Apollo Cerwyn became Deputy PM.

Background

See also: Sabioveronese general election, 2015
Logo of Sâbixaveronik Korin VA.

At the September 2015 general election, the National Artists' Guild, a democratic socialist, magic nationalist founded just before the election, received a majority in the Parliament. Guild leader Shounn Virny became Prime Minister, forming a Guild-only cabinet. The 2015 elections were unlike any election in Sabia and Verona before, as they were held under the new 2015 constitution, which had been adopted the month before as a result of the Haronos Plan.[3]

Many of Virny's policies in his early premiership increased the party's support following his ascent to power, including the adoption of the groxi as the Kingdom's currency,[4] the creation of the National Bank[5] and numerous new holidays,[6] but the party lost considerable support after the Koringate controversy.[7][8] This loss of support for the NNS was particularly favourable for the Unity Party, the party in opposition to the Guild and Virny. As well as the controversy, Unity underwent a process of "re-branding" under the leadership of party leader Andrew Blackhorse that saw its traditionally right-wing conservative policies tilt to the center-right,[9] supporting social liberal policies such as the law of same-sex adoption and the reduction of the military, an unprecedented move for the historically pro-military party. This change in the party's policies sat well the the mostly social liberal Sabioveronese population, and after the disastrous events of the Koringate scandal in March 2016, the party saw an increase in popularity exemplified by most polls at the time.[9]

On 4 April the pm and Andrew Blackhorse met in the Kodesari neighborhood of Alios to discuss the election and other topics. At the meeting, Blackhorse stated he did not intend to run for the office of Prime Minister and would step down as party leader before the election. He also hinted a the possibility of supporting a native Southerner of Alios or Gonn to assume the leadership of the party.[8] However, support for Blackhorse as party leader remained high among Unity voters.[10]

On 10 May 2016, Apollo Cerwyn became the new leader of the Left Alliance, and announced the party would be running for seats in the parliamentary election in 2016, disbanding the Valtirian National Party and turning against the Treaty of Kotavari. This changed the landscape leading to the election considerably, placing the Guild in a bad position against the Unity Party.[11]

Campaign

Campaigning for the election officially started on August 18, a month prior to the election.

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Sanctioned Unity poster. 
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Sanctioned Guild poster. 
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Sanctioned Left poster. 

Parliament

Opinion polls

Pollster Release date N C R Other Lead
Isadoran University 10-09-2016 35% 46% 19% 11%
Isadoran University 30-08-2016 35% 48% 17% 13%
The SiV Phonograph 20-08-2016 39% 50% 11% 11%
The SiV Phonograph 20-07-2016 37% 51% 12% 14%
Isadoran University 22-06-2016 44% 44% 12% tie
First leaders' debate (June 21)
The SiV Phonograph 20-06-2016 41% 46% 13% 5%
The SiV Phonograph 20-05-2016 40% 48% 12% 8%
Isadoran University 11-05-2016 44% 49% 7% 5%
Left Alliance announces it will contest in 2016 (May 10)
Isadoran University 07-05-2016 45% 50% 5% 5%
The SiV Phonograph 20-04-2016 46% 50% 4% 4%
Isadoran University 10-04-2016 50% 50% tie
Isadoran University 01-04-2016 49% 51% 2%
The SiV Phonograph 20-03-2016 48% 52% 4%
Isadoran University 17-02-2016 55% 45% 10%
The SiV Phonograph 20-01-2016 65% 35% 30%
The SiV Phonograph 20-11-2015 62% 38% 24%
2015 general election 20-09-2015 60% 40% N/A 20%

Constituencies

Constituency MP before election Party Elected MP Party
Aina Eler New constituency N/A Fegios Brevik Unity
Akos Darmosari Snø Jens Guild Snø Jens Guild
Délenos New constituency N/A Maximilien Gauvier Guild
Étanou Qiàn Àn Unity Qiàn Àn Unity
Fervy New constituency N/A Apollo Cerwyn Left
Gonn–Kazij New constituency N/A Dargo Brevik Unity
Gourê New constituency N/A Noa Dargany Unity
Ixourê Monesari Franxêska Bagos Unity Franxêska Bagos Unity
Kodesari Narcissus Clyne Left Narcissus Clyne Left
Kotavari Shounn Virny Guild Shounn Virny Guild
Mattel New constituency N/A Donnel Seaworth Unity
Mon–Kepren New constituency N/A Balthassar Valoty Unity
Poméxelos Janina Amosiry Guild Kosunn Párvarann Unity
Sato New constituency N/A Kastor Gevras-Drigy Left
Sejê–Kepren Andrew Blackhorse Unity Andrew Blackhorse Unity
Senikourak Bogi New constituency N/A Harmê Bertram Guild
Sitej Darmosari Andreina Rossini Left Andreina Rossini Left
Suxoure Monesari Anton Schubert-Moss Guild Anton Schubert-Moss Guild
Tepou Éissarann Orion Bennet Guild Orion Bennet Guild

Regional

Two regional elections in Gonn and Alios will be held alongside the parliamentary elections.

Alios

Alios mayoral election, 2016

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Candidate Étienne Boulin Hardanê Ban Bagor
Party Artists' Guild Unity Party
Popular vote 9 8
Percentage 53% 47%

Mayor before election

Étienne Boulin
Artists' Guild

Mayor after election

Étienne Boulin
Artists' Guild

The City of Alios held its first mayoral election on 18 September 2016. As the capital city of Sabia and Verona, Alios is administed as a municipality directly under the Parliament's responsibility. The City of Alios is considered independent from any other region since the dissolution of the Alios-Capital region in November 2015, and it is described as a "region-level municipality".[12] Much like the region of Gonn, which is also directly dependent of the national government, the authority of the Parliament is represented in Alios by the executive head of the City, officially styled as the Chief of Government of Alios (Mayor).

Incumbent Chief of Government Étienne Boulin of the National Artists' Guild announced his intention to run for a second term on 27 March 2016.[9] `Tienne Boulin is a seasoned politician, who like many other NNS politicians, started his career in the Socialist Party. He has held ministerial offices under the cabinets of Napoléon Bleuberrie (the first ministry) and Léon Galieri. He also has experience as a legislator in the Legislative Courts, and briefly held a relatively high position at Starlynn & Co. under Emmanuel M. Starlynn. Boulin had been Governor of the Alios-Capital region before it was split into the City of Alios and the Region of Gonn, and had been one of the participants of the Congress of Salisse, which makes him a co-author of the current Constitution of Sabia and Verona and one of the masterminds behind the Haronos Plan.

On 15 August, two days before the deadline for candidacy submissions ended, Baroness Hardanê Ban Bagor officially stepped down from her seat in the Tribunal (the Kingdom's Supreme Court) and announced her intention to run for the office of Chief of Government of Alios.[13] The Unity Party endorsed her, and eventually she became the party's candidate.

Boulin won the election with 53% of the popular vote, winning a second term in office.

Gonn

Governor Suipom Goyo.

The Region of Gonn was to hold its second gubernatorial elections on 18 September. Gonn is the youngest of the four regions of the Kingdom, created after the Alios-Capital Region, which was founded in August 2015 after the Haronos Plan was executed, was declared "impossible to run" by its top officials.[12] As a "dependent region", Gonn is directly subjected to the authority of the Parliament and the Prime Minister: this authority is represented in the region by the Governor. Unlike the autonomous Northern regions, the dependent regions like Gonn lack a legislative body of their own, and the Governor (and their Vice-Governor) are the only elected officials in the region.

Incumbent Governor Suipom Goyo of the National Artists' Guild announced their intention to run for a second term on 27 March 2016.[9] Goyo was originally elected when the region was created in November 2015.[12] Goyo has previously been a Deputy in the Courts and is a notable proponet of the Lycene view of Pahunism. They are a scholar of Lycene mythology and language. As their running-mate, Goyo chose Félix Gauvier, son of film director and former Socialist Party leader Pomme-Gabrielle Gauvier.[9] Gauvier will be running alongside Goyo for the office of Vice-Governor.

On August 18 2016, the deadline for new candidacies passed and Goyo was still the only candidate running for Gonn's governorship, and so the election will be uncontested.[13] Goyo is expected to assume a second term as the region's governor on 1 October 2016.

Results

Distribution of seats in the Sabioveronese Parliament after the 2016 election.
Party Leader Votes % Seats +/–
C Unity Party Andrew Blackhorse 18 41.9% 9 6
N National Artists' Guild Shounn Virny 16 37.2% 6 1
R Left Alliance Apollo Cerwyn 9 20.9% 4 2

Government formation

Shortly after the election results were made public at 6:30 pm AST on election day, talks between party leaders began to determine what the next government of Sabia and Verona would be.[1] Following the first round of talks on election day, Virny twitted: "I will do everything in my power to ensure a peaceful transition. The new government will be one that represents the new majorities"[14]

On 21 September, Virny and Left Alliance leader Apollo Cerwyn emerged from talks in which they agreed their parties would enter a coalition to govern during the tenure of the 2nd Parliament.[2]

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