2007 Ålandic legislative election

Legislative elections were held in Åland on 21 October 2007 to elect members of the for the Lagting.[1] All 30 seats were up for election to four-year terms using proportional representation. The Åland Progress Group did not participate in the elections, as its sole member of the Lagting, Ronald Boman, opted to retire, while a new organisation, the Hut Group, unsuccessfully contested its first election.

2007 Ålandic legislative election

← 2003 21 October 2007 2011 →

All 30 seats in the Parliament of Åland
16 seats needed for a majority
Registered19,418
Turnout67.80% (Increase 0.18 pp)

The Liberals for Åland won the most seats in the election and formed a government with Åland Centre, in which Liberal Viveka Eriksson became the new premier.[2]

Opinion pollsEdit

A 2006 survey indicated that the Liberals for Åland would regain their status as the largest party in the Lagting, while the previously dominant Åland Centre would fall below 20% of the vote for the first time in its history. The Future of Åland, which supports the independence of Åland from Finland and was contesting its second election to the Lagting, would more than double its vote. A 2007 survey, on the other hand, indicated that the Åland Centre would remain the largest party in the Lagting.

Polling firm/Commissioner Date Sample size C Lib ÅSD FS ObS ÅF Åfg HUT
Tidningen Åland 13 October 2007 301 27.9
9
22.6
7
12.6
4
11.4
3
14.2
4
10.3
3
1.0
0
Ålands statistik- och utredningsbyrå Autumn 2006 ~1,140 19.9
6
24.0
8
18.0
6
14.2
4
6.5
2
13.6
4
1.3
0
2003 legislative election 19 October 2003 N/A 24.1
7
24.1
7
19.0
6
13.6
4
9.4
3
6.5
2
3.4
1

ResultsEdit

Ultimately, two of the parties in the Landskapstyrelse, Moderates of Åland and the Åland Social Democrats, incurred heavy losses, with the Social Democrat representation in the Lagting being cut in half and Freeminded Co-operation falling below 10% of the votes for the first time in the party's history.[3] The third party in the government, the Åland Centre, made narrow gains.[3] The winner of the election was the Liberals for Åland, who reclaimed the mantle as the largest party and, for the first time in the party's history, crossed the 30% mark.[3]

The significant losses for the Moderates of Åland and the Social Democrats can be partially explained by discontent with the government, as well as the retirements of popular members of the Lagting, Harriet Lindeman (Moderates of Åland) and Lasse Wiklöf (Social Democrats). The election also marked the return of former Åland member of the Finnish parliament and member of the Lagting Gunnar Jansson for the Liberals, who became the most popular candidate with 745 votes cast for him, or 5.6% of all votes cast in the election. Former member of the Lagting, Lantråd (premier of the government of Åland) and recently retired member of the Finnish parliament, Roger Jansson (Moderates of Åland), while not receiving as many votes as Gunnar Jansson, was also elected.

 
PartyVotes%Seats+/–
Liberals for Åland4,17632.5610+3
Åland Centre3,10724.238+1
Non-aligned Coalition1,57312.274+1
Åland Social Democrats1,51311.803–3
Freeminded Co-operation1,2339.613–1
Future of Åland1,0708.3420
Hut Group1531.190New
Total12,825100.00300
Valid votes12,82597.41
Invalid/blank votes3412.59
Total votes13,166100.00
Registered voters/turnout19,41867.80
Source: ASUB

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Lagtingsval och kommunalval 21 oktober 2007". Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  2. ^ "Ny landskapsregering utsedd". Ålands lagting. 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  3. ^ a b c "Aland/SF". Parties and Elections in Europe. Archived from the original on 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2010-06-11.