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1987 Extremaduran regional election

1987 Extremaduran regional election

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All 65 seats in the Assembly of Extremadura
33 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Registered808,654 2.9%
Turnout601,597 (74.4%)
2.5 pp
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Juan Carlos Rodríguez Ibarra Adolfo Díaz-Ambrona Tomás Martín Tamayo
Leader since 20 December 1982 1976 1983
Leader's seat Badajoz Badajoz Badajoz
Last election 35 seats, 53.0% 20 seats, 30.1%[a] 0 seats, 0.8%
Seats won 34 17 8
Seat change 1 3 8
Popular vote 292,935 144,117 73,554
Percentage 49.2% 24.2% 12.4%
Swing 3.8 pp 5.9 pp 11.6 pp

  Fourth party Fifth party
Leader Pedro Cañada Manuel Pareja
Party EU IU
Leader since 10 December 1980 1983
Leader's seat Cáceres Badajoz
Last election 6 seats, 8.5% 4 seats, 6.5%[b]
Seats won 4 2
Seat change 2 2
Popular vote 34,606 32,240
Percentage 5.8% 5.4%
Swing 2.7 pp 1.1 pp

Constituency results map for the Assembly of Extremadura

President before election

Juan Carlos Rodríguez Ibarra

Elected President

Juan Carlos Rodríguez Ibarra

The 1987 Extremaduran regional election was held on Wednesday, 10 June 1987, to elect the 2nd Assembly of the autonomous community of Extremadura. All 65 seats in the Assembly were up for election. The election was held simultaneously with regional elections in twelve other autonomous communities and local elections all throughout Spain, as well as the 1987 European Parliament election.

The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) won the election with a new absolute majority of seats, albeit losing 1 seat from its 1983 result. The People's Alliance (AP), which had undergone an internal crisis after the breakup of the People's Coalition in 1986, lost support and fell from the coalition's 30% of the share to 24%, losing 3 seats as a result.

The main election winner was the centrist Democratic and Social Centre (CDS), a party led by the former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez, which entered the Assembly for the first with 8 seats and 12% of the vote, becoming the only party within the Assembly that made gains, as all others (including regionalist United Extremadura (EU)) lost votes. United Left, an electoral coalition comprising the Communist Party of Spain and other left-wing parties, also lost 2 seats.


Electoral system

The Assembly of Extremadura was the devolved, unicameral legislature of the autonomous community of Extremadura, having legislative power in regional matters as defined by the Spanish Constitution and the Extremaduran Statute of Autonomy, as well as the ability to vote confidence in or withdraw it from a regional president.[1]

Voting for the Assembly was on the basis of universal suffrage, which comprised all nationals over 18 years of age, registered in Extremadura and in full enjoyment of their political rights. The 65 members of the Assembly of Extremadura were elected using the D'Hondt method and a closed list proportional representation, with an electoral threshold of five percent of valid votes—which included blank ballots—being applied in each constituency. Alternatively, parties failing to reach the threshold in one of the constituencies were also entitled to enter the seat distribution as long as they ran candidates in both districts and reached five percent regionally. Seats were allocated to constituencies, corresponding to the provinces of Badajoz and Cáceres, with each being allocated an initial minimum of 20 seats and the remaining 25 being distributed in proportion to their populations.[1][2]

The electoral law provided that parties, federations, coalitions and groupings of electors were allowed to present lists of candidates. However, groupings of electors were required to secure the signature of at least 2 percent of the electors registered in the constituency for which they sought election. Electors were barred from signing for more than one list of candidates. Concurrently, parties and federations intending to enter in coalition to take part jointly at an election were required to inform the relevant Electoral Commission within ten days of the election being called.[2][3]

Election date

The term of the Assembly of Extremadura expired four years after the date of its previous election. The election Decree was required to be issued no later than the twenty-fifth day prior to the date of expiry of parliament and published on the following day in the Official Journal of Extremadura, with election day taking place between the fifty-fourth and the sixtieth day from publication and set so as to make it coincide with elections to the regional assemblies of other autonomous communities. The previous election was held on 8 May 1983, which meant that the legislature's term would have expired on 8 May 1987. The election Decree was required to be published no later than 14 April 1987, with the election taking place no later than the sixtieth day from publication, setting the latest possible election date for the Assembly on Saturday, 13 June 1987.[1][2][3]

The Assembly of Extremadura could not be dissolved before the date of expiry of parliament except in the event of an investiture process failing to elect a regional president within a two-month period from the first ballot. In such a case, the Assembly was to be automatically dissolved and a snap election called, with elected deputies merely serving out what remained of their four-year terms.[1]

Opinion polls

The table below lists voting intention estimates in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first and using the dates when the survey fieldwork was done, as opposed to the date of publication. Where the fieldwork dates are unknown, the date of publication is given instead. The highest percentage figure in each polling survey is displayed with its background shaded in the leading party's colour. If a tie ensues, this is applied to the figures with the highest percentages. The "Lead" column on the right shows the percentage-point difference between the parties with the highest percentages in a poll. When available, seat projections determined by the polling organisations are displayed below (or in place of) the percentages in a smaller font; 33 seats were required for an absolute majority in the Assembly of Extremadura.



Summary of the 10 June 1987 Assembly of Extremadura election results
Parties and alliances Popular vote Seats
Votes % ±pp Total +/−
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) 292,935 49.18 –3.84 34 –1
People's Alliance (AP)1 144,117 24.19 –5.91 17 –3
Democratic and Social Centre (CDS) 73,554 12.35 +11.56 8 +8
United Extremadura (EU) 34,606 5.81 –2.67 4 –2
United Left (IU)2 32,240 5.41 –1.07 2 –2
Workers' Party of Spain–Communist Unity (PTE–UC) 5,317 0.89 New 0 ±0
People's Democratic Party (PDP) 5,203 0.87 New 0 ±0
Liberal Party (PL) 2,286 0.38 New 0 ±0
Humanist Platform (PH) 619 0.10 New 0 ±0
Blank ballots 4,785 0.80 +0.33
Total 595,662 65 ±0
Valid votes 595,662 99.01 –0.08
Invalid votes 5,935 0.99 +0.08
Votes cast / turnout 601,597 74.39 +2.49
Abstentions 207,057 25.61 –2.49
Registered voters 808,654
Popular vote
Blank ballots

Distribution by constituency

Constituency PSOE AP CDS EU IU
% S % S % S % S % S
Badajoz 51.9 19 23.8 9 13.2 5 1.6 7.0 2
Cáceres 45.1 15 24.9 8 11.1 3 12.2 4 3.0
Total 49.2 34 24.2 17 12.4 8 5.8 4 5.4 2


Juan Carlos Rodríguez Ibarra (PSOE)
Ballot → 17 July 1987
Required majority → 33 out of 65 checkY
34 / 65
  • AP (14)
  • IU (2)
16 / 65
12 / 65
  • AP (3)
3 / 65


  1. ^ Results for AP–PDP–UL in the 1983 election.
  2. ^ Results for PCE in the 1983 election.
  3. ^ a b Within CP.
  4. ^ Result for PCE.


Opinion poll sources
  1. ^ "Los socialistas mantienen la hegemonía" (PDF). El País (in Spanish). 4 June 1987.
  2. ^ "Una encuesta de AP pronostica un fuerte descenso del PSOE en las municipales". ABC (in Spanish). 17 April 1987.
  3. ^ "Notable descenso del PSOE en los próximos comicios, según una encuesta encargada por AP". ABC Sevilla (in Spanish). 17 April 1987.
  1. ^ a b c d "Ley Orgánica 1/1983, de 25 de febrero, de Estatuto de Autonomía de Extremadura". Organic Law No. 1 of 25 February 1983 (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Ley 2/1987, de 16 de marzo, de Elecciones a la Asamblea de Extremadura". Law No. 2 of 16 March 1987 (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Ley Orgánica 5/1985, de 19 de junio, del Régimen Electoral General". Organic Law No. 5 of 19 June 1985 (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Assembly of Extremadura election results, 10 June 1987. Badajoz and Cáceres" (PDF). (in Spanish). Electoral Commission of Extremadura. 21 July 1987. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Number 75. Audit report on the regularity of electoral accounting derived from the elections held on June 10, 1987" (PDF). (in Spanish). Court of Auditors. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Eleccions a la Asamblea de Extremadura (1983 - 2019)". Historia (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 September 2017.
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