2013 Portuguese Local Elections
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2013 Portuguese Local Elections
2013 Portuguese local elections

← 2009 29 September 2013 2017 →

All 308 Portuguese municipalities and 3,092[1]Portuguese Parishes
All 2,086 local government councils
Opinion polls
Turnout52.6% Decrease 6.4 pp
  First party Second party Third party
  António José Seguro, Europeias 2014 (cropped).png Pedro Passos Coelho 2011 (cropped).jpg Jerónimo de Sousa 2007b (cropped).jpg
Leader António José Seguro Pedro Passos Coelho
Party PS PSD PCP
Alliance CDU
Last election 132 mayors, 37.7% 139 mayors, 38.7% 28 mayors, 9.8%
Popular vote 1,835,288[2] 1,570,601[3] 552,690
Percentage 36.7% 31.4% 11.1%
Swing Decrease 1.0 pp Decrease 7.3 pp Increase 1.3 pp
Mayors 150[4] 106[5] 34
Mayors +/- Increase 18 Decrease 33 Increase 6
Councillors 929[6] 770[7] 213
Councillors +/- Increase 8 Decrease 103[8] Increase 39

The Portuguese local elections of 2013 took place on 29 September. The elections consisted of three separate elections in the 308 Portuguese municipalities, the election for the Municipal Chambers, whose winner is elected mayor, another election for the Municipal Assembly, as well an election for the lower-level Parish Assembly, whose winner is elected parish president. This last will be held separately in the more than 3,000 parishes around the country. There was a reduction in the number of Parishes of more than 1000 parishes and, consequently, Parishes Assemblies and their respective leadership positions due to a local government reform undertaken by the Government led by Pedro Passos Coelho.

The process of submitting candidacies for these elections was marked by interpretation differences of the limitation of mandates law, which prohibits a candidate, after serving three terms, to run for Mayor, Municipal Assemblies or Parish Assemblies. The controversy lied in the fact that the law does not state explicitly whether it prohibits reelection candidacies for the same municipality or parish, or if, on the contrary, the candidate is barred from seeking reelection for the same position in any municipality or parish. Candidates affected by this issue included Luis Filipe Menezes (PSD), running in Porto, and Fernando Seara (PSD/CDS-PP), who was standing in Lisbon.

This controversy ended on 5 September 2013 with the decision of the Constitutional Court considering only territorial the limitation of mandates and, there so, giving permission to mayoral candidates that had already serve three consecutive mandates to run for another municipality.[9]

The Social Democratic Party (PSD) was the biggest loser of these elections, as it lost almost a third of the municipalities that it held, although the PSD did gain several traditionally Socialist bastions like Braga and Guarda.

The Socialist Party (PS) won the largest number of municipal chambers in its history surpassing its previous best result in 2009. It also won the largest number of mayorships of any party in the history of Portugal.[10] Despite the Socialists victory however, the PS lost to the PSD the cities of Braga and Guarda and to the CDU in the cities of Loures, Beja and Évora. The PS also reconquered Coimbra and won in two large social democratic strongholds, Vila Real and Funchal.

The election was also marked by the strong electoral performances of various independent groups, which won several chambers. The most significant was the victory of independent Rui Moreira in Porto, who was supported by CDS-PP. The Democratic Unity Coalition increased its number of municipal chambers as well as its number of councilors by winning several chambers previously held by the Socialists, including winning back their historical stronghold of Loures. However, despite increasing their overall number of mayors, they also lost three chambers they won in 2009 to the Socialists; Chamusca, Crato, and Nisa. In Chamusca they had held the mayorship since 1979.

The People's Party (CDS-PP) broke a cycle of decline in local elections and won 5 municipalities, 4 more than in 2009. The Left Bloc suffered a heavy defeat, losing the only chamber they had, and electing fewer councillors than in 2009.

The turnout in these elections was the lowest ever, with 52.6% of voters casting their ballot.

Parties

The main political forces that will be involved in the election are:

1 The PSD and the CDS-PP will also form coalitions in several municipalities with the Earth Party (MPT) and the People's Monarchist Party (PPM).

Opinion polling

Results

Municipal Councils

National summary of votes and seats

Most voted parties or coalitions in each Municipality.
Municipalities won by:
? - PS: 150
? - PSD: 86
? - CDU: 34
? - CDS-PP: 5
? - PSD coalitions: 20
? - Independents: 13
e o d Summary of the 29 September 2013 Municipal Councils elections results
Parties Votes % ±pp swing Candidacies Councillors Mayors
# ± # ±
Socialist 1,812,029 36.26 Decrease1.4 303 923 Increase2 149 Increase17
Social Democratic 834,455 16.70 Decrease6.3 201 531 Decrease135 86 Decrease31
Democratic Unity Coalition 552,690 11.06 Increase1.3 288 213 Increase39 34 Increase6
Social Democratic / People's 379,110 7.59 Decrease2.1 73 154 Decrease3 16 Decrease3
Independents 344,531 6.89 Increase2.8 94 112 Increase45 13 Increase6
People's 152,073 3.04 Decrease0.1 143 47 Increase16 5 Increase4
Left Bloc 120,982 2.42 Decrease0.6 109 8 Decrease1 0 Decrease1
PSD / CDS-PP / MPT 100,437 2.01 Increase2.0 6 11 Increase2 0 Steady0
PSD / CDS-PP / PPM 94,015 1.88 Increase0.1 4 21 Increase6 2 Increase1
PSD / PPM 65,102 1.30 -- 7 21 -- 1 --
PSD / PPM / MPT 43,312 0.87 -- 7 7 -- 0 --
PSD/ CDS-PP / MPT / PPM 23,551 0.47 Decrease2.5 4 14 Decrease7 1 Steady0
Portuguese Workers' Communist 23,276 0.47 Increase0.3 27 0 Steady0 0 Steady0
PS / BE / PND / MPT / PTP / PAN 21,102 0.42 -- 1 5 -- 1 --
PSD / MPT / PPM 19,804 0.40 -- 4 4 -- 0 --
Party for Animals and Nature 16,233 0.32 -- 8 0 -- 0 --
CDS-PP / MPT / PPM 9,299 0.19 -- 7 1 -- 0 --
PSD/ CDS-PP / PPM / MPT 8,918 0.18 Decrease1.1 4 4 Decrease5 0 Decrease1
Labour 8,552 0.17 -- 22 0 -- 0 --
Earth 6,660 0.13 Decrease0.1 8 2 Steady0 0 Steady0
People's / Social Democratic 4,656 0.09 -- 4 4 -- 0 --
PPM / PND / PPV 3,634 0.07 -- 1 0 -- 0 --
National Renovator 3,002 0.06 Increase0.1 6 0 Steady0 0 Steady0
People's / Earth 2,931 0.06 Increase0.1 3 0 Steady0 0 Steady0
PS / PTP / PND / BE 2,157 0.04 -- 1 1 -- 0 --
Social Democratic / Earth 1,897 0.04 -- 2 3 -- 0 --
New Democracy 1,272 0.03 Decrease0.1 1 0 Decrease1 0 Steady0
People's Monarchist / PPV 856 0.02 -- 1 0 -- 0 --
People's Monarchist 455 0.01 Decrease0.0 1 0 Steady0 0 Steady0
Portugal Pro-Life 338 0.01 -- 1 0 -- 0 --
Total valid 4,657,329 93.18 Decrease3.8 -- 2,086 Increase8 308 Steady0
Blank ballots 193,471 3.87 Increase2.2
Invalid ballots 147,205 2.95 Increase1.7
Total (turnout 52.60%) 4,998,005 100.00 Decrease6.4
Source: Autárquicas 2013 Resultados Oficiais

Municipal Assemblies

National summary of votes and seats

e o d Summary of the 29 September 2013 Municipal Assemblies elections results
Parties Votes % ±pp swing Candidacies Mandates
# ±
Socialist 1,746,819 34.95 Decrease1.7 2,659 Decrease196
Social Democratic 813,835 16.28 Decrease5.9 1,588 Decrease536
Democratic Unity Coalition 599,029 11.98 Increase1.4 747 Increase96
Social Democratic / People's 376,056 7.52 Decrease1.8 493 Decrease29
Independents 325,724 6.52 Increase2.8 352 Increase128
People's 159,921 3.20 Decrease0.3 224 Decrease29
Left Bloc 157,686 3.15 Decrease1.0 100 Decrease39
PSD / CDS-PP / MPT 106,725 2.14 Increase2.1 42 Increase36
PSD / CDS-PP / PPM 88,393 1.77 Decrease0.0 72 Increase12
PSD / PPM 60,873 1.22 -- 57 --
PSD / PPM / MPT 41,307 0.83 -- 18 --
Party for Animals and Nature 23,776 0.48 -- 5 --
PSD/ CDS-PP / MPT / PPM 22,420 0.45 Decrease2.5 37 Decrease28
PS / BE / PND / MPT / PTP / PAN 20,849 0.42 -- 14 --
PSD / MPT / PPM 19,850 0.40 -- 11 --
Portuguese Workers' Communist 15,393 0.31 Increase0.2 2 Increase2
CDS-PP / MPT / PPM 9,949 0.20 -- 9 --
PSD/ CDS-PP / PPM / MPT 8,886 0.18 Decrease1.0 10 Decrease12
Earth 5,525 0.11 Decrease0.1 11 Decrease3
People's / Social Democratic 4,647 0.09 -- 17 --
PPM / PND / PPV 4,451 0.09 -- 0 --
Labour 4,102 0.08 -- 3 --
People's / Earth 3,384 0.07 Increase0.1 3 Increase3
National Renovator 3,247 0.06 Increase0.1 0 Steady0
PS / PTP / PND / BE 2,101 0.04 -- 3 --
Social Democratic / Earth 2,008 0.04 -- 8 --
New Democracy 1,505 0.03 Decrease0.1 0 Decrease5
People's Monarchist / PPV 1,046 0.02 -- 0 --
People's Monarchist 445 0.01 Decrease0.0 2 Decrease3
Total valid 4,629,952 92.63 Decrease4.1 -- 6,487 Decrease459
Blank ballots 215,489 4.31 Increase2.3
Invalid ballots 153,068 3.06 Increase1.8
Total (turnout 52.61%) 4,998,509 100.00 Decrease6.4
Source: Autárquicas 2013 Resultados Oficiais

Parish Assemblies

National summary of votes and seats

e o d Summary of the 29 September 2013 Parish Assemblies elections results
Parties Votes % ±pp swing Candidacies Mandates Presidents
# ± # ±
Socialist 1,733,687 34.69 Decrease1.6 10,838 Decrease2,898 1,282 Decrease295
Social Democratic 815,086 16.31 Decrease6.1 6,927 Decrease4,186 912 Decrease618
Democratic Unity Coalition 596,324 11.93 Increase1.0 1,973 Decrease293 170 Decrease43
Independents 478,273 9.57 Increase3.5 2,978 Increase305 342 Increase10
Social Democratic / People's 363,145 7.27 Decrease1.9 2,096 Decrease815 222 Decrease90
People's 139,304 2.79 Increase0.5 725 Increase33 50 Decrease3
Left Bloc 115,191 2.30 Decrease0.7 138 Decrease97 0 Decrease4
PSD / CDS-PP / MPT 111,571 2.23 Increase2.2 322 Increase293 18 Increase16
PSD / CDS-PP / PPM 81,096 1.62 Decrease0.2 453 Increase48 44 Increase8
PSD / PPM 55,186 1.10 -- 251 -- 21 --
PSD / PPM / MPT 44,661 0.89 -- 91 -- 6 --
PSD / MPT / PPM 19,908 0.40 -- 39 -- 2 --
PSD/ CDS-PP / MPT / PPM 19,397 0.39 Decrease2.5 88 Decrease296 3 Decrease28
PS / BE / PND / MPT / PTP / PAN 18,967 0.38 -- 53 -- 5 --
CDS-PP / MPT / PPM 8,966 0.18 -- 12 -- 0 --
PSD/ CDS-PP / PPM / MPT 8,344 0.17 Decrease0.9 44 Decrease124 2 Decrease13
Portuguese Workers' Communist 8,003 0.16 Increase0.1 2 Increase2 0 Steady0
PPM / PND / PPV 4,729 0.09 -- 0 -- 0 --
Earth 4,569 0.09 Decrease0.1 18 Decrease29 0 Decrease2
People's / Social Democratic 4,303 0.09 -- 63 -- 5 --
Party for Animals and Nature 4,001 0.08 -- 1 -- 0 --
Labour 2,681 0.05 -- 1 -- 0 --
New Democracy 2,670 0.05 Increase0.1 5 Increase2 0 Steady0
Social Democratic / Earth 2,123 0.04 -- 27 -- 1 --
PS / PTP / PND / BE 2,085 0.04 -- 7 -- 0 --
People's / Earth 1,610 0.03 Increase0.0 4 Increase1 0 Steady0
National Renovator 716 0.01 Increase0.0 0 Steady0 0 Steady0
People's Monarchist 549 0.01 Steady0.0 11 Increase8 0 Steady0
Communist 57 0.00 -- 0 -- 0 --
People's Monarchist / PPV 47 0.00 -- 0 -- 0 --
Total valid 4,647,249 92.99 Decrease3.4 -- 27,167 Decrease7,505 3,085 Decrease1,022
Blank ballots 194,978 3.90 Increase1.8
Invalid ballots 155,271 3.11 Increase1.6
Total (turnout 52.60%) 4,997,498 100.00 Decrease6.4
Source: Autárquicas 2013 Resultados Oficiais

See also

References

  1. ^ DGAI - Reorganização Administrativa do Território das Freguesias - (RATF)
  2. ^ Sum of votes between PS-only lists and lists with other parties.
  3. ^ Sum of votes between PSD-only lists and lists with other parties.
  4. ^ Number of municipalities won between PS-only lists and lists with other parties. PS-only lists: 149; PS-coalition lists: 1.
  5. ^ Number of municipalities won between PSD-only lists and lists with other parties. PSD-only lists: 86; PSD-coalition lists: 20.
  6. ^ This accounts for seats won on PS-only lists and lists with other parties. The PS ran on joint lists in two municipalities in this election, and ran joint lists in no municipalities in 2009. In the municipalities where they ran on joint lists, those lists received a combined 6 seats.
  7. ^ This accounts for seats won on PSD-only lists and lists with other parties.
  8. ^ This decrease is also relative to the number of seats won on PSD-only lists and lists with other parties in 2009.
  9. ^ Público (5 September 2013). "Tribunal Constitucional dá luz verde aos candidatos autárquicos com três mandatos". Público (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ New relationship of trust between Portuguese people and PS, says Seguro. Expresso (in Portuguese.) Retrieved 30 September 2013.

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