Sabioveronese general election, March 2014

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Sabioveronese general election, March 2014

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September 2013 ←
20 March 2014
→ September 2014

All 20 seats to the Chamber of Deputies
11 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 98%
  First party Second party
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Leader Léon Galieri Apollo Cerwyn
Party Left Alliance Convergence
Leader since 24 February 2014 N/A[N 1]
Leader's seat Salisse I Elinore III
Last election New party New party
Seats won 8 6
Seat change 8 6
Popular vote 29 25
Percentage 30.53% 26.31%
Swing New party New party

Third party Fourth party
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Leader Carla Mora Shassel Marlaryen
Party Unity PMM
Leader since N/A[N 2] N/A[N 2]
Leader's seat Caenia II (lost seat) Abrelia II (lost seat)
Last election 5 seats, 25.37% 3 seats, 14.92%
Seats won 4 2
Seat change 1 1
Popular vote 23 18
Percentage 24.21% 18.95%
Swing 1.16 p.p 4.03 p.p

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Results by legislative district

PM before election

Ann Stefanović
Initiative

Prime Minister after election

Léon Galieri
Left Alliance

Sabia and Verona held its fourth general election on 20 March 2014. The Prime Minister and all 20 members of the Chamber of Deputies were elected for a six-month term, succeding Prime Minister Ann Stefanović and her Progressive Coalition government. In the last general election, the Progressive Coalition (PA-NT) obtained 15 seats while the Unity Party obtained 5 in the Courts (now known as the Chamber of Deputies following the adoption of the 2014 Constitution). Léon Galieri and the Left Alliance (R) win the election with 31% of the votes and eight seats for R. The turnout of 98% was the highest recorded until then.[1]

Background

The fourth general election was held in the aftermath of a number of political and social changes in Sabia and Verona that decisively re-shaped the region. With the formation of the Federal Union of Juclandian Lands (FUJL), Sabia and Verona ceased to be an overseas territory of Juclandia to become a province of the Federation, which allowed for the resurgence of a nationalist sentiment that was shared by parties of all ideological backgrounds. With the creation of the Federation, a new monarch, Queen Isadora, was enthroned and a new constitution was adopted, revamping the Sabioveronese political system. The new constitution divided the unicameral Courts into the human Senate and the plush toy Chamber of Deputies.

The Sabioveronese party system also underwent a number of changes, especially the winners of the last election. The Roots Party dissolved, and two factions splintered: the Left Alliance (which merged with the weakened Socialists and the minoritarian Communists) and Convergence and Amity. While the Left Alliance attempted to restore the legacy of disgraced former PM Napoléon Bleuberrie, Convergence and Amity adopted a less militant stance, refusing to be defined in the traditional left-right spectrum.

Initiative for Democracy struggled to maintain its membership and voter base, and eventually decided not to participate in the March 2014 election. Despite this, then-Prime Minister and Initiative leader Ann Stefanović remained popular and promises to maintain her policies were made by both the Left and Convergence, which were widely seen to be the successors to the Progressive Coalition.

Electoral system

The March 2014 election was held using the first-past-the-post (FPTP) system in 20 electoral districts. Each municipality was divided into several districts: the largest municipality, Salisse, was divided into four, while the smallest, Lycem (actually a region with a single municipality and a special territory) contained a single district. The system was adopted with the introduction of the new constitution, and it remained in use in the following two elections (September 2014 and 2015).

Parties and candidates

Party Ideology Leader PM-candidate
Convergence and Amity (A) Federalism Ryam Piper Apollo Cerwyn
Unity Party (C) Conservatism Graham Müntz Carla Mora
Left Alliance (R) Democratic socialism Léon Galieri
Pashqari People's Party (P) Pashqari people's rights Shassel Marlaryen

Opinion polls

Pollster Release date A C R P Other Lead
The SiV Phonograph 05-03-2014 29% 25% 31% 15% 2%
The SiV Phonograph 10-03-2014 30% 25% 35% 10% 5%
The SiV Phonograph 15-03-2014 27% 23% 30% 20% 5%

Results

Composition of the Chamber of Deputies after the March 2014 election.

The election resulted in big wins for the two newcomer parties in the Kingdom: the Left Alliance won 8 seats and Convergence won 6 (some were technically retained, as they belonged to former members of the Roots Party). Initiative for Democracy, which did not participate in the election on Ann Stefanović's prerrogative, lost all of its seats and thus became the only party in the Kingdom without representation in the Chamber of Deputies. The trend of losses for the Unity Party continued, as it lost around 1.5% of percentage points and a seat. The Pashqari People's Party also lost one seat, despite gaining popular support (around 4 percentage points).

Party Leader Votes % Seats +/–
Left Alliance Léon Galieri 29 30.53% 8 8
Convergence and Amity Ryam Piper 25 26.31% 6 6
Unity Party Graham Müntz 23 24.21% 4 1
Pashqari People's Party Shassel Marlaryen 18 18.95% 2 1
Popular vote
Left Alliance
  
30.53%
Convergence and Amity
  
26.31%
Unity Party
  
24.21%
Pashqari People's Party
  
18.95%
Blank
  
2.06%
Chamber of Deputies representation
Left Alliance
  
40%
Convergence and Amity
  
30%
Unity Party
  
20%
Pashqari People's Party
  
10%
Independents
  
0%

Aftermath and government formation

The Left Alliance and the Convergence Party, natural allies as they were ideologically like-minded and both parties stemmed from the same group (the Roots Party and some Socialists), formed a coalition government headed by Leftist leader Léon Galieri, who became Prime Minister on 1 April 2014. Both parties held a supermajority in the Courts, with a weakened opposition (the Pashqari People's Party was adamant and co-operated often with the coalition government, a friendship that originated in the Progressive Coalition).

Notes

  1. Apollo Cerwyn was never leader of Convergence and Amity; instead, he was chosen as Prime Minister-candidate by members of his party. The leader of Convergence and Amity at the time of this election was Ryam Piper.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Carla Mora was never leader of the Unity Party; instead, she was chosen as Prime Minister-candidate by members of her party. The leader of Unity at the time of this election was Graham Müntz.

References