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|align=left|[[Democracy Party]]||[[David George]]||12,406,120||32.61||212||+10
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|align=left|[[Social Democratic Party]]||[[Brant Rennard]]||7,786,694||19.84||129||-105
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|align=left|[[Socialist-Bloc]]||[[Wilson Daniels]]||6,083,356||15.50||101||+64
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|align=left|[[Christian Democrats]]||[[David Marde]]||5,161,040||13.15||85||+85
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|align=left|[[Christian Democrats]]||[[David Marde]]||5,161,040||13.15||85||{{increase}}85
 
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|align=left|[[Green and Liberal Alliance]]||[[Natalie Mason & Jeremy Garth]]||3,233,990||8.24||54||-32
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|align=left|[[Green and Liberal Alliance]]||[[Natalie Mason & Jeremy Garth]]||3,233,990||8.24||54||{{decrease}}32
 
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|align=left|[[Popular Front]]||[[Gordon Hughmann]]||2,060,491||5.25||34||+34
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|align=left|[[Popular Front]]||[[Gordon Hughmann]]||2,060,491||5.25||34||{{increase}}34
 
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|align=left|[[Liberation Party]]||[[Julien Piccard]]||733,927||1.87||12||+3
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|align=left|[[Liberation Party]]||[[Julien Piccard]]||733,927||1.87||12||{{increase}}3
 
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|align=left|[[National Liberal Party]]||[[Jared Garbute]]||545,540||1.39||9||+9
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|align=left|[[National Liberal Party]]||[[Jared Garbute]]||545,540||1.39||9||{{increase}}9
 
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|align=left|[[Libertarian Union]]||[[Guy Garrison]]||459,195||1.17||8||-31
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|align=left|[[Libertarian Union]]||[[Guy Garrison]]||459,195||1.17||8||{{decrease}}31
 
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|align=left|[[Capsland Sovereign Party]]||[[Henry Farthing]]||384,625||0.98||6||-37
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|align=left|[[Capsland Sovereign Party]]||[[Henry Farthing]]||384,625||0.98||6||{{decrease}}37
 
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Revision as of 23:55, 12 October 2019

2017 Capsland general election

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All 650 seats to the National Parliament
This is the result of the largest six parties, for the full result see below
326 seats needed for a majority
Turnout69.20%
  First party Second party Third party
  Official portrait of Mr Jeremy Hunt crop 2.jpg Official portrait of Jonathan Ashworth crop 2.jpg Official portrait of James Cartlidge crop 2.jpg
Leader David George Bryant Rennard Wilson Daniels
Party Democracy Party Social Democratic Party Socialist-Bloc
Leader since 21 October 2016 6 December 2014 9 August 2012
Last election 202 seats, 31.04% 234 seats, 35.99% 37 seats, 5.71%
Seats before 202 234 37
Seats won 212 129 101
Seat change Increase10 Decrease105 Increase64
Popular vote 12,406,120 7,786,694 6,083,356
Percentage 32.61% 19.84% 15.5%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Official portrait of Mr Alistair Carmichael crop 2.jpg Official portrait of Anna Soubry crop 2.jpg Official portrait of Rory Stewart crop 2.jpg
Leader David Marde Natalie Mason Gordon Hughmann
Party Christian Democrats Green and Liberal Alliance Popular Front
Leader since 9 January 2016 19 October 2010 20 May 2014
Last election New Party 86 Seats, 13.24% New Party
Seats before New Party 86 New Party
Seats won 85 54 34
Seat change Increase85 Decrease32 Increase34
Popular vote 5,161,040 3,233,990 2,060,491
Percentage 13.15% 8.24% 5.25%

2017 Parliament.png
Results in the National Parliament

Executive Chancellor before election

Bryant Rennard
Social Democratic Party

Elected Executive Chancellor

David George
Democracy Party

The 2017 Capslandian snap general election was called for the 22nd of June 2017. The then Executive Chancellor, Bryant Rennard, was forced by the Senate to call the election due to the collapse of the governing SDP-GLA-LP coalition following the 2017 Nashwell Scandal. The election was the first snap election since the assassination of EC Richard Cray in 1875 and the first snap election ever since the Malbury Voting Reform in 1971.

Background

Bryant Rennard's coalition was formed in 2015 and introduced many measures relating to Nashwell, the nation's public health service. The coalition remained intact and united until the early months of 2017. On the 4th of February, 2017, the Social Democratic Lord-Secretary of the Treasury, Mike Gaugar MP, announced that the promised ₡8 billion cash injection for Nashwell would not be committed that year. The failure to fulfil a key SDP manifesto pledge prompted fury from the electorate resulting in the largest doctor's union, NUFDoc, voting for strikes throughout the month of March crippling Nashwell services nationwide.

17 days later, on the 21st of February, an anonymous whistleblower leaked a government dossier detailing further government aims to privatise the Nashwell ambulance services in apparent 'cost-saving measures'. The unnamed dossier went into further detail on how the Libertarian Union was pressuring the Social Democratic Party behind closed doors to force through a parliamentary motion to make legal changes to the way Nashwell was structured, against the best wishes of their coalition partners in the GLA.

With the revelation that the SDP were going against their manifesto pledges regarding Nashwell, the GLA formally pulled out of the coalition on the 8th of April. Leading to the Senate to force through a snap-election in the following months.

Bryant Rennard promised to resign as leader of the SDP after the election was concluded. He resigned on the 5th of July, 12 days after the election results were announced and 5 days after David George's coalition was formed.

Analysis

The debate during the 2017 General Election was dominated by Nashwell funding and the March NUFDoc strikes. Immediately, a day after the general election was called, the Christian Democrats and the Democracy Party announced that they would form a coalition government if possible with a full focus on "restoring Nashwell to pre-SDP standards". This would be the first elections the Christian Democrats would participate in and the first election any two parties would declare they would form a coalition if possible before the results had been counted. The declaration by David George and David Marde soon began to have a positive impact in the polls and one day after the announcement, the Democracy Party overtook the SDP in polls nationwide for the first time in three years. Many political analysts saw this as a Democracy Party tactic to stem the potential loss of voters to the three new parties, who all had elements of centre-right politics.

This election was also Capsland's most crowded election with a total of ten parties taking part nationally. The new parties, the Popular Front, Christian Democrats and National Liberal Party were able to contest the election due to a loosening on the restrictions on political party formation by the Electoral Commission. In total, new parties received 19.79% of the vote, potentially due to the frustration with the electorate on the two main parties.

The SDP were less lucky with a rapidly rising Socialist-Bloc, voters and SDP members were leaving the party to what they saw as the next viable alternative. Throughout the course of the election, the Party Executive Committee (PEC), the executive arm of the SDP, proposed a joint electoral bid with the Socialist-Bloc but this was rejected by SB leadership vehemently. The Socialist-Bloc eventually ended up with their biggest electoral victory ever, obtaining an impressive 101 seats making it the fourth party to ever reach over 100 seats since the Malbury Voting Reform. Bryant Rennard was able to successfully negotiate the formation of an effective official opposition with the Socialist-Bloc by promising to resign; The Green and Liberal Alliance refused to join the opposition and instead joined the crossbench.

Results

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Party Leader(s) Votes % Seats +/–
Democracy Party David George 12,406,120 32.61 212 Increase10
Social Democratic Party Brant Rennard 7,786,694 19.84 129 Decrease105
Socialist-Bloc Wilson Daniels 6,083,356 15.50 101 Increase64
Christian Democrats David Marde 5,161,040 13.15 85 Increase85
Green and Liberal Alliance Natalie Mason & Jeremy Garth 3,233,990 8.24 54 Decrease32
Popular Front Gordon Hughmann 2,060,491 5.25 34 Increase34
Liberation Party Julien Piccard 733,927 1.87 12 Increase3
National Liberal Party Jared Garbute 545,540 1.39 9 Increase9
Libertarian Union Guy Garrison 459,195 1.17 8 Decrease31
Capsland Sovereign Party Henry Farthing 384,625 0.98 6 Decrease37
Total - 38,854,978 100 650 -
Registered voters/turnout - 56,148,000 69.20 - -