2016 Ostric regional election

2016 Ostric regional election

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All 15 seats in the Dorada
8 seats needed for a majority
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Leader Johann Schöttmer Lùcjan Kohl Léch Kneller
Party Social Democratic Radical People's Coalition
Leader since 12 March 2009 20 July 2008 17 December 1998
Last election 7 seats, 43.3% 3 seats, 17.9% 4 seats, 23.6%
Seats won 6 4 3
Seat change Decrease1 Increase1 Decrease1
Popular vote 4,045 2,621 2,213
Percentage 37.3% 24.2% 20.4%
Swing Decrease6.0pp Increase6.3pp Decrease3.2pp

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Leader Linus Hoch Arne Gotti
Party National Consolidation Modern Centre
Leader since 1 May 2015 31 August 2010
Last election 1 seat, 10.0% 0 seats, 5.2%
Seats won 1 1
Seat change Steady Increase1
Popular vote 1,205 769
Percentage 11.1% 7.1%
Swing Increase1.1pp Increase1.9pp

Minister-Chairman before election

Johann Schöttmer
Social Democratic Radical

Minister-Chairman

Johann Schöttmer
Social Democratic Radical

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.

Background

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.

Electoral system

The electorate elects all fifteen members of the Dorada using single non-transferable vote in one island-wide multi-member constituency.

Results

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Social Democratic Radical Party 4,045 37.27 6 –1
Ostric People's Party 2,621 24.15 4 +1
Ostric Coalition 2,213 20.39 3 –1
National Consolidation Party 1,205 11.10 1 0
Modern Centre Party 769 7.09 1 +1
Total 10,853 100 15 0
Registered voters/turnout 16,223 66.90
Popular vote
SRPO
37.27%
ÒSL
24.15%
20.39%
NKP
11.10%
PMZ
7.09%
Seats
SRPO
40.00%
ÒSL
26.67%
20.00%
NKP
6.67%
PMZ
6.67%

Reactions

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.