Portugal

Assembly of the Republic

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
06.10.2019
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
24.10.2019
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
14.09.2023
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
230
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
5,946
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
3,156
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
2,790
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
46.92%
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
22

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
10,810,674
Votes Number of people who actually voted
5,251,064
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
48.57%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Prime Minister António Costa’s Socialist Party (PS) became the largest party with an increased share of seats (108, up from 86) but failed to win an outright majority in the 230-member Assembly of the Republic. The Social Democratic Party (PPD/PSD, the largest party in the outgoing legislature now led by Mr. Rui Rio) and the Democratic and Social Centre – People's Party (CDS-PP, led by Ms. Assunção Cristas), took a total of 84 seats, down from 107. The Left Bloc (BE) and the Communist Party – Green Coalition (PCP-PEV), which supported the PS’s minority government in the outgoing legislature, took a total of 31 seats. The 2019 elections recorded the lowest turnout: 48.57 per cent, down from 55.86 per cent in 2015. Mr. Costa announced that he would form a minority government comprising only the PS. On 15 October, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (independent, formerly PSD) accepted the Cabinet line-up, which retained Finance Minister Mário Centeno, who played a major role in achieving the country’s first balanced budget in over four decades. The 2019 elections followed the country’s economic recovery, helped by rising exports and a tourist boom in 2018. During election campaigning, Prime Minister Costa ran on the government’s record, which, he said, had managed to “turn the page on austerity, regain international credibility” and “maintain investor confidence”. Although the pre-election polls showed the PS might win an outright majority, the PS lead was reportedly eroded by a series of scandals involving government officials.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
9
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
40.91%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
46.96%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Socialist Party (PS) 108
Social Democratic Party (PPD/PSD) 79
Left Bloc (BE) 19
Communist Party - Green Coalition (PCP-PEV) 12
Social Democratic Party (PPD/PSD) - Democratic and Social Centre - People's Party (CDS-PP) 5
Party for People, Animals and Nature (PAN) 4
Enough (CH) 1
Liberal Initiative (IL) 1
LIVRE (L) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
141
Number of women elected
89
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
38.7%
Sources
Assembly of the Republic (24.10.2019) Portuguese National Electoral Commission (31.01.2020) https://www.legislativas2019.mai.gov.pt/resultados-globais.html euronews BBC BBC Monitoring theguardian.com
Women Directly Elected
89

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
141
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
89
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
93
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
25.10.2019
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues (Male)
Political party
Socialist Party (PS)
Date of election
25.10.2019