1979 Barcelona City Council election
The 1979 Barcelona City Council election, also the 1979 Barcelona municipal election, was held on Tuesday, 3 April 1979, to elect the 1st City Council of the municipality of Barcelona. All 43 seats in the City Council were up for election. The election was held simultaneously with local elections all throughout Spain.
All 43 seats in the City Council of Barcelona
22 seats needed for a majority
The City Council of Barcelona (Catalan: Ajuntament de Barcelona, Spanish: Ayuntamiento de Barcelona) was the top-tier administrative and governing body of the municipality of Barcelona, composed of the mayor, the government council and the elected plenary assembly.
Voting for the local assembly was on the basis of universal suffrage, which comprised all nationals over 18 years of age, registered in the municipality of Barcelona and in full enjoyment of their civil and political rights. Local councillors were elected using the D'Hondt method and a closed list proportional representation, with an electoral threshold of five percent of valid votes—which included blank ballots—being applied in each local council. Councillors were allocated to municipal councils based on the following scale:
|>100,001||+1 per each 100,000 inhabitants or fraction|
+1 if total is an even number
The mayor was indirectly elected by the plenary assembly. A legal clause required that mayoral candidates earned the vote of an absolute majority of councillors, or else the candidate of the most-voted party in the assembly was to be automatically appointed to the post. In the event of a tie, the eldest one would be elected.
The electoral law allowed for parties and federations registered in the interior ministry, coalitions and groupings of electors to present lists of candidates. Parties and federations intending to form a coalition ahead of an election were required to inform the relevant Electoral Commission within fifteen days of the election call, whereas groupings of electors needed to secure the signature of at least one-thousandth of the electorate in the constituencies for which they sought election—with a compulsory minimum of 500 signatures—disallowing electors from signing for more than one list of candidates.
|Parties and alliances||Popular vote||Seats|
|Socialists' Party of Catalonia (PSC–PSOE)||272,512||34.05||n/a||16||n/a|
|Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia (PSUC)||151,288||18.90||n/a||9||n/a|
|Convergence and Union (CiU)||148,806||18.59||n/a||8||n/a|
|Centrists of Catalonia (CC–UCD)||133,885||16.73||n/a||8||n/a|
|Republican Left of Catalonia–National Front of Catalonia (ERC–FNC)||41,845||5.23||n/a||2||n/a|
|Democratic Coalition (CD)||24,039||3.00||n/a||0||n/a|
|Workers' Party of Catalonia–Communist Unity (PTC–UC)||8,832||1.10||n/a||0||n/a|
|Communist Movement–Organization of Communist Left (MC–OEC)||4,259||0.53||n/a||0||n/a|
|Socialist Party of National Liberation (PSAN)||3,123||0.39||n/a||0||n/a|
|Social Christian Democracy of Catalonia (DSCC)||2,950||0.37||n/a||0||n/a|
|Revolutionary Communist League (LCR)||1,939||0.24||n/a||0||n/a|
|Catalan Left Bloc (BEC)||0||0.00||n/a||0||n/a|
|Democratic Municipal Action (AMD)||0||0.00||n/a||0||n/a|
|New Force (FN)||0||0.00||n/a||0||n/a|
|Republican Left (IR)||0||0.00||n/a||0||n/a|
|List for Workers' Courts (LCO)||0||0.00||n/a||0||n/a|
|Workers' Revolutionary Organization (ORT)||0||0.00||n/a||0||n/a|
|Votes cast / turnout||803,419||54.27||n/a|
- "Ley 39/1978, de 17 de julio, de elecciones locales". Law No. 39 of 17 July 1978. Boletín Oficial del Estado (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 July 2020.
- "Real Decreto-ley 20/1977, de 18 de marzo, sobre Normas Electorales". Royal Decree-Law No. 20 of 18 March 1977. Boletín Oficial del Estado (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 July 2020.
- "Election Results. Municipal Elections 1979. Barcelona". Government of Catalonia (in Catalan). Retrieved 12 November 2017.
- "Electoral Results Consultation. Municipal. April 1979. Barcelona Municipality". Ministry of the Interior (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 November 2017.
- "Eleccions municipals a Barcelona (1979 - 2015)". Historia Electoral.com (in Catalan). Retrieved 30 September 2017.