New Ingerland general election, 2016

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2016 General Election

← 2012 5 March 2016 2020 →

All 128 seats in the House of Assembly
38 (of the 68) seats in the Senate

  First party Second party
 
Leader Matthew Jones Kristine Dawkins
Party Democratic Party National Party
Leader since 22 December 2008 17 March 2012
Leader's seat Woolcaster Uxbridge East—Kesby
Last election 73 seats 39 seats
Seats before 71 40
Seats won 68 51
Seat change Decrease5 Increase12
Popular vote 731,502 654,502
Percentage 40.85% 36.55%

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Composition of the House of Assembly chamber after the election. Colours denote the winning party, as shown in the main table of results

Prime Minister before election

Matthew Jones
Democratic Party

Elected Prime Minister

Matthew Jones
Democratic Party

The New Ingerland general election of 2016 for all seats in the House of Assembly and 38 seats in the 68-member Senate was held on Saturday, 5 March 2016. The poll saw the election of the 57th Parliament of New Ingerland.

Under the provisions set out in the Electoral Act[1], an election are held on the first Saturday in March, which itself must be between thirty and forty days after the King has issued the writ for the election of a new Assembly.

Key dates

Date Event
27 January 2016 Writs issued by the Sovereign to proceed with an election.
5 March 2016 Polling day, between the hours of 08:00 and 18:00.
18 March 2016 Return of the writs and formal declaration of results.
4 April 2016 57th Parliament assembles.
5 April 2016 State Opening of Parliament.

Background

In 2012, the Democratic Party won a majority at the general election, and was able to form an administration with a comfortable majority of 18 seats. This was the first time the Democrats had won an election since 2000.

The campaign

Week 1: Opening shots

The campaign began with the Democrats leading in all published national opinion polls. On 31 January, the Sunday New Ingerland published a poll gave the government a lead of 44% to 40% nationwide, which would translate into a comfortable win for Democrats in terms of seats. Most commentators, however, expected the election to be very close, pointing out that the Nationals have been slowly drawing closer since their shock by-election win in Stanhill in 2014.

The campaign itself opened with official launches by each of the three major parties on the 1 February. The Democrats launched their campaign at the Kingsbury Convention Centre. The Nationals travelled to the key battleground of Port Frederick, whilst the SDLP opted for an open air press conference in the Sandon Parklands.

At the Democratic Party launch, the Prime Minister was greeted by hundreds of enthusiastic supporters. Key promises at the launch included:

  • Fixing the maximum rate for the Tertiary Education Loans Scheme to 1% p.a.;
  • Reduce recidivism in the criminal justice system; and
  • Halving the rate of youth unemployment within the next term of parliament.

Results

Votes summary

Popular vote
Democratic
  
40.85%
National
  
36.55%
Social Democratic Labour
  
4.02%
Christian Democrats
  
3.42%
Outdoor Alliance
  
2.33%
Independents and others
  
12.83%

Senate

House of Assembly

New Ingerland general election, 5 March 2016
House of Assembly
<< 2012 2020 >>
Enrolled Voters 2,096,509
Votes Cast 1,902,373 Turnout 90.74% -2.46%
Informal Votes 111,669 Informal 5.87% +0.43%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Democratic Party 731,502 40.85% -1.75% 68 -5
  National Party 654,502 36.55% +1.20% 51 +12
  Social Democratic Labour Party 71,986 4.02% -2.00% 4 -8
  Christian Democrats 61,242 3.42% +1.01% 0 ±0
Total 1,790,703     128  

Opinion polling

Date(s)
conducted
Polling organisation Sample size Democrat National SDLP Others Lead
02016-01-3131 January 2016 Sunday New Ingerland 1,000 44% 40% 4% 12% 4%
02015-12-1919 December 2015 The New Ingerland/ITN 500 43% 40% 4% 13% 3%
02015-12-055 December 2015 Lassiter-Kettering 750 42% 38% 6% 14% 4%
02015-11-2121 November 2015 The New Ingerland/ITN 500 43% 39% 5% 13% 4%
02015-11-077 November 2015 Lassiter-Kettering 750 44% 40% 3% 13% 4%
02012-03-022 March 2012 General Election results 805,411 42.6% 35.35% 6.02% 16.03% 7.25%

References and notes

  1. Electoral Act (Public Act No. 47 of 1983).

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