Ostric regional election, 2015

Ostric regional election, 2015

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Turnout60.3%
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Nominee Mark Amundsen Ôda Marek Szimón Jônda
Party Progressive People's Freedom
Alliance Progressive League – Republican Party
Popular vote 5,257 3,193 1,330
Percentage 53.8% 32.7% 13.6%

Regional Administrator before election

Mark Amundsen
Progressive

Elected Regional Administrator

Mark Amundsen
Progressive

The 6th regional election to elect the Regional Administrator of Ostry and all fifteen seats in the Regional Assembly was held on 3 May 2015.

Incumbent Regional Administrator Mark Amundsen won re-election with 54% of the popular vote, a small drop from his previous win in 2011. The election was notable for the return of the Ostric People's Party as the second party, and the nomination of Ôda Marek, the first woman to run as a candidate for Regional Administrator. Amundsen's solid win was considered by media as a return to Progressive dominance on the island, with Amundsen being the second Regional Administrator to be re-elected, after fellow Progressive Teodor Dahl in 1999, and the first to be elected twice with over 50%. The Progressive-Republican kept its majority in the Regional Assembly, losing one seat in the process.

Background

Entering the campaign, incumbent Regional Administrator Mark Amundsen and his administration was seeing record-high approval ratings, with the government campaigning on its moderate course and reforms done to the Ostric educational system. Amundsen, who was born and raised on mainland Navack, found himself the centre of a scandal mid-campaign when he was reported to have insulted his main opponent's, Ôda Marek, supposed lack of Navish speaking skills. The gaffe saw a large percentage of "soft separatists", a core base of Amundsen's 2011 coalition, move to support Marek, who successfully sidelined the rival Freedom Party and positioned herself as the main separatist candidate in the election.

Electoral system

The Regional Administrator is elected by plurality voting, in which the candidate with the most votes is elected, regardless of if they reach a majority. The regional election is, according to the Gardrag Agreement, held on the first Sunday of May every four years.

The fifteen seats of the Regional Assembly are elected concurrently with the Regional Administrator by proportional representation. How many seats a party get is related to the results of the popular vote. Seats are allocated using the d'Hondt method.

Results

Regional Administrator

Candidate Party Votes %
Mark Amundsen Progressive League – Republican Party 5,257 53.75
Ôda Marek Ostric People's Party 3,193 32.65
Szimón Jônda Freedom Party 1,330 13.60
Total 9,781 100
Registered voters/turnout 16,223 60.29

Regional Assembly

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Progressive League – Republican Party B 5,294 54.13 9 -1
Ostric People's Party A 2,924 29.89 5 +3
Freedom Party O 1,563 15.98 1 -2
Total 9,781 100 15 0
Registered voters/turnout 16,223 60.29