2016 Ostric regional election
All 15 seats in the Dorada
8 seats needed for a majority
The 9th Ostric regional election occurred on 5 June 2016. The governing Social Democratic Radical Party led by Johann Schöttmer remained in power, forming a minority coalition with the liberal Modern Centre Party and with outside support from the conservative National Consolidation Party.
In the previous election, Schöttmer's SRPO brought down the governing separatist Ostric Coalition-Ostric People's Party coalition, winning a record seven seats and forming a minority government with a supply and confidence agreement from the conservative National Consolidation Party.
Heading into the 2016 election, the SRPO remained ahead in polls, and was seen to be heading into a second term with relative ease, albeit with a lower share of the popular vote.
|Social Democratic Radical Party||4,045||37.27||6||–1|
|Ostric People's Party||2,621||24.15||4||+1|
|National Consolidation Party||1,205||11.10||1||0|
|Modern Centre Party||769||7.09||1||+1|
After the results were announced, Minister-Chairman Schöttmer stated that he would pursue a coalition with the re-emergent PMZ, while renewing his former agreement of outside support with the NKP in order to secure a majority. The Ostric People's Party returned after sixteen years to second place, forcing Coalition leader Léch Kneller to face calls for his resignation, although he remained in control of his party afterwards.
Overall, observers noted that the popular vote and seat share between the unionist and separatist camps had stayed relatively stable in comparison to 2012, with many stating that Ostric voters were solidifying within the two blocs.