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Special General Elections 2004

Special General Elections 2004
Next March 14, 2004, throughout the whole of Spain there will be elections to choose the 350 members of parliament (congress) and 208 senators (senate) who make up the Cortes Generales for the next four years and who will in turn elect the new president of the Central Government. Nearly 700 thousand citizens in the Balearics are called to vote, according to data from the electoral census of the INE. The Balearics will have to choose for the first time 8 MPs, one more than the last time. Five senators will also be elected: three for Mallorca, one for Menorca and one for Eivissa and Formentera.

Last February 16, the Electoral Committee proclaimed the candidatures and the following day they were published in the BOE. The electoral campaign starts on Friday February 27 at 00.00h and ends on Friday March 12 at 24.00h.

The main novelty for these elections is that the left parties of the Balearics, except the Partit Socialista, are presenting a coalition for Congress, and also for the Senate for Mallorca, and aims at breaking the present two party representation by PP and PSOE. The coalition candidature, called Progressistes per les Illes Balears, does not include the election for a senator from Menorca, no from Eivissa and Formentera, where no agreement could be reached.

Therefore, on Menorca, the PSM-Entesa Nacionalista and Esquerra de Menorca are presenting their own two candidatures for the Senate, while in the end Els Verds are not presenting one.

And on Eivissa and Formentera, the left is presenting a group candidature for the Senate, called Progressistes per Eivissa i Formentera and comprising the same parties as the Progressistes per les Illes Balears, except Els Verds.

Here is a summary of the candidatures presented to the Congress of Mempers of Parliament and to the Senate:

Congress of Members of Parliament
To chose the 8 MPs who will represent the Balearics and Pitiüses in the Congress, a total of 15 candidatures have been presented, amongst which are particularly the Partido Popular, with María Salom heading the list, the Partit Socialista PSIB-PSOE headed by Francesc Antich, the coalition Progressistes per les Illes Balears (PSM-EN, EU, EV, ERC) with Fernanda Ramón as the leader, Unió Mallorquina led by Josep Lliteres, and Unió de Centristes de Menorca led by Federico Álvarez. The complete list of candidatures for the Congress of MPs for the Balearics is the following:

1. PARTIDO POPULAR (PP)
2. COALICIÓ TREBALLADORS PER LA DEMOCRÀCIA (TD)
3. LA FALANGE (FE)
4. DEMOCRACIA NACIONAL (DN)
5. PARTIDO SOCIALISTA OBRERO ESPAÑOL (PSOE)
6. MOVIMIENTO SOCIAL REPUBLICANO (MSR)
7. UNIÓ MALLORQUINA (UM)
8. PROGRESSISTES PER LES ILLES BALEARS (PSM-EN, EU, EV, ERC)
9. UNIÓN DEL PUEBLO BALEAR (UPB)
10. UNIÓ CENTRISTES DE MENORCA (UCM)
11. FALANGE ESPAÑOLA DE LAS JONS (FE de las JONS)
12. AGRUPACIÓN SOCIAL INDEPENDIENTE (ASI)
13. IZQUIERDA REPUBLICANA (IR)
14. GRUPO VERDE EUROPEO (GVE)
15. CIUDADANOS EN BLANCO

Senate - Mallorca
To chose the 3 senators for Mallorca, 10 candidatures have been presented. The Partido Popular presents Joan Fageda and Carlos Ripoll as its candidates. The Partit Socialista PSIB-PSOE proposes Joaquín Antonio Bellón and Joan Mesquida. The coalition Progressistes per les Illes Balears (PSM-EN, EU, EV, ERC) proposes Cecili Buele Ramis and Miquel Àngel Llauger. And Unió Mallorquina is presenting Dolça Mulet and Miquel Riera for the Senate. The complete list of candidatures for the Senate for Mallorca is the following:

1. PARTIDO POPULAR (PP)
2. COMUNIÓN TRADICIONALISTA CARLISTA (CTC)
3. COALICIÓ TREBALLADORS PER LA DEMOCRÀCIA (TD)
4. PARTIDO SOCIALISTA OBRERO ESPAÑOL (PSOE)
5. UNIÓ MALLORQUINA (UM)
6. PROGRESSISTES PER LES ILLES BALEARS (PSM-EN, EU, EV, ERC)
7. FALANGE ESPAÑOLA DE LAS JONS (FE de las JONS)
8. AGRUPACIÓN SOCIAL INDEPENDIENTE (ASI)
9. COALICIÓN REPUBLICANO-SOCIALISTA (IR-PASOC)
10. FALANGE AUTÉNTICA (FA)

Senate - Menorca
To chose the sole senator for Menorca, 9 candidatures have been presented. The candidate for the Partido Popular is Josep Seguí. The candidate for the Partit Socialista PSIB-PSOE is Antoni Orell. PSM-Entesa Nacionalista is presenting Nel Martí. Esquerra de Menorca proposes Miguel Pons. And Unió Centristes de Menorca presents Pau Lluch. The complete list of candidatures is the following:

1. PARTIDO POPULAR (PP)
2. COMUNIÓN TRADICIONALISTA CARLISTA (CTC)
3. PARTIDO SOCIALISTA OBRERO ESPAÑOL (PSOE)
4. PSM-ENTESA NACIONALISTA (PSM-EN)
5. ESQUERRA DE MENORCA (ESQUERRA UNIDA)
6. UNIÓN DEL PUEBLO BALEAR (UPB)
7. UNIÓ CENTRISTES DE MENORCA (UCM)
8. FALANGE ESPAÑOLA DE LAS JONS (FE de las JONS)
9. FALANGE AUTÉNTICA (FA)

Senate - Eivissa and Formentera
To chose the sole senator for Eivissa and Formentera 8 candidatures have been presented. The Partido Popular with Antonio Marí. The Partit Socialista PSIB-PSOE with María del Carmen Ferrer. And the coalition Progressistes per Eivissa i Formentera (EU, ENE, ERC) with Catalina Torres. The complete list of candidatures is the following:

1. PARTIDO POPULAR (PP)
2. COMUNIÓN TRADICIONALISTA CARLISTA (CTC)
3. PROGRESSISTES PER EIVISSA I FORMENTERA (EU, ENE, ERC)
4. PARTIDO SOCIALISTA OBRERO ESPAÑOL (PSOE)
5. FALANGE ESPAÑOLA DE LAS JONS (FE de las JONS)
6. AGRUPACIÓN SOCIAL INDEPENDIENTE (ASI)
7. FALANGE AUTÉNTICA (FA)
8. GRUPO VERDE EUROPEO (GVE)
 
Date of publication: 24/02/2004

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