Municipal elections 2017: Abstention decreases for the first time in 16 years


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PS is the party with the highest increase in percentage of votes and number of chambers

  • On 1 October, municipal elections were held in Portugal in which the Socialist Party (PS) won 157 of the 308 possible chambers, 8 more than those already won in 2013. The vote share achieved by the PS was 37.82%, 1.57 pp higher than in the previous elections in 2013. The PSD – the biggest party in parliament – achieved a vote share of 16.07%, less 0.63 pp that in 2013. The number of chambers led by this party decreased from 106 to 97 when compared with the previous election. The number of chambers achieved by the Communist Party led coalition with the Green Party (CDU) fell from 34 to 24 chambers. The CDU vote share settled at 9.45%, minus 1.61 pp when compared to 2013. The People´s Party (CDS-PP) won one more chamber that in 2013, now leading a total of six. The vote share decreased from 3.04% in 2013 to 2.6% in 2017. The Left Bloc (BE) has not achieved any chamber, while its vote share increased to 3.29%, 0.87 pp more than in 2013. The abstention rate fell from 47.4% in 2013 to 45.04% in 2017, declining for the first time in 16 years.

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