Elections and the Governing Party
This allows the Democrats to continue with their fiscal model with a view to ever closer negotiations with the EU. Last night it seemed that the Liberals had secured the parish of Ordino thus denying the Democrats an overall majority, however at the final count the Democrats pinched Ordino with 17 votes and those two Consellers elected ensured the overall majority.
Those of us who were expecting or who might have been hoping for a change in direction towards less taxes, less regulation and less integration to the EU must now wait another four years. There is talk during this Parliament of a referendum to determine the future relationship with the EU, this is yet to be determined.
The Democrats have pledged that there will be no tax increases or new taxes introduced during the lifetime of this Parliament. The IRPF in its present format is here to stay other than superficial amendments.
The elections for 2015 will be held on March 1st. Campaigning finishes today, 27th February,and then tomorrow 28th February is the traditional day of reflection.
Postal votes are for the first time allowed in Andorra from those elglible to vote from overseas, and 100 such voters have been registered.
28 posts of Consellers are up for grabs, 14 direct from the Parishes, that is 2 from each Parish, and 14 elected from the proportional vote. In addition the voting is also to choose the political setup of the Parishes and who runs what at grass roots level.
The electoral register is closed. It is only open to Andorran citizens and not those who only have residency. There are a total of 24,509 registered electors for 2015 ( Please refer to chart opposite).
Voters have been allowed to vote early since 16th February at the High Court. There seems to be a steady stream of voters who prefer not to run the gauntlet of the traditional vote at the Parishes.
The Political parties registered for the vote are:
- Demòcrates per Andorra, headed by Antoni Martí i Petit. ( Incumbent Head of Government)
- Junts, That is the coalition of the Partit Socialdemòcrata d'Andorra, Verds d'Andorra (The Greens) and a party called Iniciativa Ciutadana i lead by Pere López Agràs.
- Socialdemocràcia i Progrés, lead by Víctor Naudi Zamora.
- Liberals d'Andorra, lead by Josep Pintat i Forné.
- And at the Parish level an Independent party called Unió Laurediana, a Sant Julià de Lòria.
Election results and what they meant for the future of Andorra.
Toni Martin at the head of Democrats for Andorra (DA) has achieved an overwhelming majority with 55.15% of votes in the national list and a win in all parishes. The Social Democratic Party (PS) headed by the ousted Head of Government, James Bartumeu was left with 34.80% losing six seats and with the share of the vote down ten points compared to 2009. Eusebi Nomen APC has been left out of the General Council with a 6.71% and the Greens Andora Isabel Lozano returned 3.35%.
Toni Martí, therefore, will be the next Head of Government for the next four years.
The outgoing Head of Government of the Social Democrats Party, James Bartumeu, acknowledged they were aware of the difficulty of governing in times of crisis and the economic policies that have led to unpopularity such as information sharing or tax reform. The Party lost 10% of their vote, and have lost territorial representation in all parishes.
Democrats for Andorra won a landslide victory, taking every parish in which they stood and winning the national vote, giving them 21 out of the 28 General Council's seats, the biggest victory in the country's history. The Social Democrats lost all their parish seats and held only five national seats, while Lauredian Union returned to the General Council, winning the parish of Sant Julià de Lòria. Andorra for Change lost all their seats, and the Greens finished last, gaining no seats..
The new policy towards the EU states:-
"Europa ha de ser una oportunitat i no una amenaça per als ciutadans d’Andorra"
" Europe has to be an opportunity and not threaten the citizens of Andorra"
The party promises to be open and review accords made by the outgoing party. The party is good for business, tourism and above all immigration. One of the corner stones of their policy is to not only allow foreign investment here but to attract such investment.
Below is the state of the parties after the April 2009 elections. Although another election was not due until 2013, an early one was called for 3rd April 2011 due to political stalemate.