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Jan. 22, 2006 Held

Portugal

Portuguese Republic

Election for President

Results

Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:5,590,132
Valid Votes:5,487,347
Invalid Votes:43,149

Candidates:

Aníbal António Cavaco SILVA2,773,431

50.54

Manuel ALEGRE de Melo Duarte1,138,297

20.74

Mário Alberto Nobre Lopes SOARES785,355

14.31

Jerónimo Carvalho de SOUSA474,083

8.64

Francisco Anacleto LOUÇÃ292,198

5.32

António Pestana Garcia PEREIRA23,983

0.437060021901294

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Portugal

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Jorge Fernando Branco de SAMPAIO
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Jose SOCRATES
  • Assembly: Portugal has a unicameral Assembly of the Republic (Assembleia da Republica) with 230 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the president.
  • In the Assembly of the Republic (Assembleia da Republica) 230 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.***

*** There are 22 multi-member districts. Seats are allocated using the d'Hondt method.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

  • Aníbal António Cavaco SILVA*
    • Party: Independent Candidate
  • Manuel ALEGRE de Melo Duarte**
    • Party: Independent Candidate
  • Mário Alberto Nobre Lopes SOARES***
    • Party: Independent Candidate
  • Jerónimo Carvalho de SOUSA****
    • Party: Portuguese Communist Party (PCP)
  • Francisco Anacleto LOUÇÃ
    • Party: Left Block / (BE)
  • António Pestana Garcia PEREIRA
    • Party: Communist Party of the Portuguese Workers - Reorganizative Movement of the Party of the Proletariat / Partido Comunista dos Trabalhadores Portugueses/Movimento Reorganizativo do Partido do Proletariado (PCPT/MRPP)

* Anibal CAVACO SILVA has the support of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Popular Party (CDS/PP).
** Although a member of the Social Party (PS), Manuel ALEGRE does not have the support of his party.
*** Mario SOARES has the support of the Socialist Party.
**** Jerónimo Carvalho de SOUSA is also supported by the Green Ecologist Party (PEV).

Last Presidential election:

  • The last presidential election was held on January 14, 2001. Jorge SAMPAIO was reelected president with 55.55% of the vote against Joaquim FERREIRA do Amaral with 34.68% and António ABREU with 5.16%.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 10,522,288 (2006)
  • Registered Voters: 9,085,339 (January 2006)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 5,438,788 (2006)

·         Is Portugal a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (24 April 1980)

·         Has Portugal ratified CEDAW: Yes (30 July 1980)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 49 (following the 2005 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 43 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Portugal a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Portugal ratified CRPD: Yes (23 September 2009)

·         Population with a disability: 1,578,343 (est.)