Sabioveronese general election, September 2014

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Sabioveronese general election, September 2014

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March 2014 ←
14 September 2014
→ 2015

All 20 seats to the Chamber of Deputies
11 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 87%
  First party Second party Third party
  BRiviere.jpg Ernesto DaVilha.jpg EBoulin.jpg
Leader Bertrand Rivière Ernesto DaVilha Étienne Boulin
Party Unity Left Alliance Convergence
Leader since 23 June 2014 N/A[N 1] N/A[N 2]
Leader's seat Caenia I Salisse IV Salisse II
Last election 4 seats, 24.21% 8 seats, 30.53% 6 seats, 26.31%
Seats won 6 4 5
Seat change 2 4 1
Popular vote 22 22 20
Percentage 25.88% 25.88% 23.53%
Swing 1.67 p.p. 7.00 p.p. 2.78 p.p.

Fourth party Fifth party
  Welidh SiV logo.png AnnStefanovic.jpg
Leader José Ramírez Ann Stefanović
Party PMM Initiative
Leader since N/A[N 3] 11 June 2013
Leader's seat Aguasblancas I Did not contest
Last election 2 seats, 18.95% 0 seats, 0%
Seats won 2 3
Seat change 3
Popular vote 13 7
Percentage 15.29% 8.23%
Swing 3.66p.p. 8.23 p.p.

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Results in Sabioveronese Legislative Districts

PM before election

Léon Galieri
Left Alliance

Prime Minister after election

Bertrand Rivière
Unity

Sabia and Verona held its fifth general election on 14 September 2014. All 20 members of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Legislative Courts, were elected for a one-year term. This was the second election since the adoption of the Constitution of 2014, which divided the previously unicameral Courts into the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.

The incumbent Prime Minister at the time, Léon Galieri, decided not to run for a second term and his party nominated a former Socialist minister, Ernesto DaVilha, as their candidate for Prime Minister.

The election returned the governing coalition to a majority, but since the two parties in the coalition (Galieri's Left Alliance and Convergence) were at odds with each other, Queen Isadora granted her mandate to form a government to Bertrand Rivière, leader of the Unity Party, who counted with the support of Initiative for Democracy.[1] This was the last election in which the Pashqari People's Party or the Initiative would run, as both dissolved before the 2015 election. It was also the last election before the Haronos Plan would introduce a new constitution.

Background

The September 2014 election was the second legislative election in Sabia and Verona's history to be held under the Constitution of 2014, which divided the Courts of Sabia and Verona into two houses: the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. The elections covered the 20 seats of the Chamber of Deputies, as the members of the Senate were appointed by the Monarch. Following the March 2014 election, the relationship between the members of the governing coalition, the Convergence Party and the Left Alliance, became strained. Conflict arose between the two ruling parties and the Pashqari People's Party as well, a party that had so far been sympathetic to the government.

Prime Minister Léon Galieri declined serving a second term, emulating his predecessor Ann Stefanović. Instead, his party (the Left Alliance) chose Ernesto DaVilha, a moderate social democrat, as their candidate for Prime Minister. Convergence and Amity chose Étienne Boulin, a former Socialist minister, as their PM-candidate, hoping to appeal to Left Alliance voters. The party that appeared best positioned to win was the Unity Party, which had done poorly in the previous elections. Its new leader, Bertrand Rivière, proved popular among voters and appealed to the electorates in big cities such as Salisse and Caenia.

Rivière rode a wave of Sabian nationalism, attacking the Pashqari and Lycene minorities of the Kingdom and promising to make Sabian the sole language of the Kingdom and Nikolaeist Pahunism the official religion of Sabia and Verona. He counted with the support of the Initiative for Democracy, a center-right liberal party that pledged to back Rivière's premiership. The two parties presented their candidates under the joint banner of Kepren Lâdom, or "Path towards Change".

Electoral system

The September 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 the same as the one used in the March 2014 election.

Parties and candidates

Party Ideology Leader PM-candidate
Convergence and Amity (A) Federalism Ryam Piper Étienne Boulin
Unity Party (C) Conservatism Bertrand Rivière
Initiative for Democracy (D) Liberalism Ann Stefanović[N 4] Bertrand Rivière
Left Alliance (R) Democratic socialism Léon Galieri Ernesto DaVilha
Pashqari People's Party (P) Pashqari people's rights Shâssel Marlaryen José Ramírez

Opinion polls

Pollster Release date A C R P Other Lead
The SiV Phonograph 15-06-2014 27% 27% 31% 15% 4%
The SiV Phonograph 30-06-2014 26% 28% 31% 15% 3%
The SiV Phonograph 15-07-2014 26% 29% 28% 17% 1%
The SiV Phonograph 30-07-2014 27% 31% 27% 15% 4%
The SiV Phonograph 15-08-2014 27% 30% 29% 14% 1%
The SiV Phonograph 30-08-2014 28% 34% 27% 15% 6%
  • †: Polls counted support for the Unity Party and Initiative for Democracy as the same, using the Kepren Lâdom alliance as an umbrella for both parties.

Results

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

The election resulted in big losses for the governing coalition: the Left Alliance lost half of its seats and Convergence lost one seat. Despite receiving the same amount of votes as the Left, the Unity Party became the largest party in the Chamber of Deputies with 6 seats. The Pashqari People's Party lost one seat as well, while the Initiative for Democracy, which had abstained from participating in March, won 3 seats.

Party Leader Votes % Seats +/–
Unity Party Bertrand Rivière 22 25.88% 6 2
Convergence and Amity Ryam Piper 20 23.53% 5 1
Left Alliance Léon Galieri 22 25.88% 4 4
Initiative for Democracy Ann Stefanović 7 8.23% 3 3
Pashqari People's Party Shâssel Marlaryen 13 15.29% 2 1
Popular vote
Unity Party
  
25.88%
Left Alliance
  
25.88%
Convergence and Amity
  
23.53%
Pashqari People's Party
  
15.29%
Initiative for Democracy
  
8.23%
Independents
  
1.17%
Chamber of Deputies representation
Unity Party
  
30%
Convergence and Amity
  
25%
Left Alliance
  
20%
Initiative for Democracy
  
15%
Pashqari People's Party
  
10%
Independents
  
0%

Aftermath and government formation

Due to the ongoing feud between the parties of the governing coalition and the PMM, Queen Isadora granted Bertrand Rivière the mandate to form a minority coalition government with Initiative for Democracy. Rivière's ministry took office on 1 October 2014, alongside the new Chamber of Deputies.

Notes

  1. Ernesto DaVilha was never leader of the Left Alliance; instead, he was chosen as Prime Minister-candidate by members of his party. The leader of the Left at the time of this election was Léon Galieri.
  2. Étienne Boulin 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.
  3. José Ramírez was never leader of the PMM; instead, he was chosen as Prime Minister-candidate by members of his party. The leader of the PMM at the time of this election was Shâssel Marlaryen.
  4. While Stefanović was officially leader of Initiative for Democracy, she did not contest in any district herself. The role of parliamentary leader for the party after the election was held by Nürul Man Baraan.

References

  1. "Conservative victory: Rivière to become Enkâkourak" The SiV Phonograph. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2017.