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The Gibraltar general election of 2019 to elect all 17 members to the 4th Gibraltar Parliament took place on Thursday 17 October 2019. Chief Minister Fabian Picardo announced the date of the election on Monday 16 September 2019.[2]

2019 Gibraltar general election

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17 seats to the Gibraltar Parliament
9 seats needed for a majority
Turnout70.84% (Increase0.07%)
  First party Second party Third party
  Fabian Picardo in at 6 Convent Place 05.jpg Keith Azopardi on National Day 2011.jpg
Leader Fabian Picardo Keith Azopardi Marlene Hassan Nahon
Party Socialist Labour Social Democrats Together Gibraltar
Alliance GSLP–Liberal None None
Leader since 2011 2017 2018
Last election 10 seats, 68.4%[1] 7 seats, 31.6%[1] Pre-creation
Seats won 10 6 1
Seat change Steady Decrease 1 Increase 1[n 1]
Popular vote 83,122 40,453 32,455
Percentage 52.5% 25.6% 20.5%
Swing Decrease 15.9% Decrease 6.0% Increase 20.5%

Chief Minister before election

Fabian Picardo
Socialist Labour

Elected Chief Minister

Fabian Picardo
Socialist Labour

The GSLP–Liberal Alliance won their third consecutive election, retaining their majority in the Parliament. Fabian Picardo was returned as Chief Minister of Gibraltar. However both the governing GSLP–Liberal Alliance and the opposition Gibraltar Social Democrats lost votes to new party Together Gibraltar, which won one seat from the GSD.[3]

Timing and procedureEdit

Under section 38(2) of the Gibraltar Constitution Order 2006, the parliament must be dissolved four years after its first meeting following the last election (unless the Chief Minister advises the Governor of Gibraltar to dissolve parliament sooner). Under section 37 of the Constitution, writs for a general election must be issued within thirty days of the dissolution and the general election must then be held no later than three months after the issuing of a writ.[4][5] In September 2019, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo formally asked Governor Ed Davis to dissolve parliament and call an election for 17 October 2019.[2] Following the British tradition, elections in Gibraltar conventionally take place on a Thursday.

MPs are elected through limited voting.

CampaignEdit

The issue of Brexit (due to take place exactly two weeks after election day) was a major theme in the election campaign, with incumbent Chief Minister Fabian Picardo stating that the territory is ready for a 'no deal' Brexit.[6]

ResultsEdit

 
Party Votes % +/– Seats % +/–
Alliance Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party 58,576 37.00 -10.8 7 41.2 ±0
Liberal Party of Gibraltar 24,546 15.50 -5.1 3 17.6 ±0
Total Alliance 83,122 52.50 -15.9 10 58.8 ±0
Gibraltar Social Democrats 40,453 25.55 -6.0 6 35.3 -1
Together Gibraltar 32,455 20.50 +20.5 1 5.9 +1
Independents 2,298 1.45 +1.4 0 0.0 ±0
Total 158,328 100 - 17 100 -
Valid votes 16,767 97.85
Invalid/blank votes 368 2.15
Total votes cast 17,135 100
Registered voters/turnout 24,189 70.84
Source: Parliament of Gibraltar, Gibraltar Parliament General Election, Registered

By candidateEdit

Candidate Party Votes Notes
Fabian Picardo GSLP 9,961 Elected
Joseph Garcia LPG 9,672 Elected
John Cortes GSLP 9,003 Elected
Albert Isola GSLP 8,502 Elected
Joseph Bossano GSLP 8,374 Elected
Gilbert Licudi GSLP 8,293 Elected
Steven Linares LPG 7,718 Elected
Paul Balban GSLP 7,251 Elected
Samantha Sacramento GSLP 7,192 Elected
Vijay Daryanani LPG 7,156 Elected
Marlene Hassan Nahon TG 5,639 Elected
Damon Bossino GSD 4,868 Elected
Daniel Feetham GSD 4,842 Elected
Keith Azopardi GSD 4,711 Elected
Roy Clinton GSD 4,342 Elected
Elliott Phillips GSD 4,165 Elected
Edwin Reyes GSD 3,840 Elected
Craig Sacarello TG 3,805
Alfred Ballester GSD 3,681
Joelle Ladislaus GSD 3,484
Trevor Hammond GSD 3,451
Siân Jones TG 3,345
John Montegriffo TG 3,158
Orlando Yeats GSD 3,069
Kamlesh Daswani TG 3,035
Neil Samtani TG 2,889
Daniel Ghio TG 2,780
Erika Pozo TG 2,640
Marie Anderson TG 2,619
Tamsin Suarez TG 2,545
Robert Vasquez Independent 1,460
John Pons Independent 838
Source: Parliament of Gibraltar

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Marlene Hassan Nahon was elected as a GSD MP in 2015 but resigned from the party in 2016 and won her seat for Together Gibraltar in the 2019 election.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2015 election results". Gibraltar Parliament. 27 November 2015. Archived from the original on 1 December 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "General election called for 17th October". Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Picardo celebrates third consecutive election win". Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation. 17 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Official text of the Gibraltar Constitution Order 2006" (PDF). gibraltarlaws.gov.gi. 14 December 2006. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Reporting of the Proceedings of the Gibraltar Parliament" (PDF). parliament.gi. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  6. ^ Gibraltar heads to the polls amid no-deal Brexit fears