Publication: Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:23 PM
The large “political family” which coexists in the autonomous hemicycle will be enlarged with four new members. The Madrid Assembly will have a total of 136 deputies after the early regional elections on May 4, four more than in the current legislature. The explanation is simple: it responds to the increase in population, as stipulated in the autonomy statute of the Community of Madrid.
More specifically, article 10.2 of the Statute provides that the Assembly will be composed of one deputy for 50,000 inhabitants or a fraction greater than 25,000, in accordance with updated data from the population census.
Normally, when calling elections for the next elections, the last updated census of the register provided by the National Statistical Institute is usually taken as the basis, which indicates that as of January 1, 2020, there was a total of 6779 enrolled in the region .888. Therefore, in accordance with the above-mentioned regulations, the regional parliament would now have 136 deputies, four more than today.
In this way, the absolute majority would no longer be reached with 67 votes as before, but with 69. Moreover, being an even number, it could happen that there are the same number of votes for and against a candidate. to be invested or for any other proposal. And there could be the circumstance of a link between 68 between the center-left and center-right blocs, which would predictably lead to a repeat of the elections.
Increase in the budget for salaries and allowances
The last time the number of deputies in the regional parliament increased was after the 2019 elections, which fell from 129 to 132. In 2011, they increased from 120 to 129, with the population having increased considerably in previous years. .
However, in the 2015 election there was virtually no variation in the region’s census, so the same figure remained. However, in previous legislatures the number of seats has increased significantly from the 96 it started with in 1983.
The increase of four deputies will not pose any problems for the functioning of the institution, because after the work undertaken by the Chamber in 2007, the hemicycle has a capacity of 147 seats. That yes, that will suppose an increase in the budget intended for the payment of salaries and allowances of parliamentarians.
The plan to reduce deputies, forgotten
For several legislatures, in particular with the economic crisis of 2008 and after the 15M movement, various parties have defended a broad reform of the statute of autonomy which includes, among other questions of political regeneration, the reduction of the number of deputies, since they considered that it is excessive for a community with a single province and the possibility of changing the system to make it a fixed number of seats, without it being associated with the inhabitants of a region in continuous growth of its population like Madrid.
In 2016, the regional executive then chaired by Cristina Cifuentes approved a draft statute reform bill that included, among other things, the elimination of registers and the reduction of the number of parliamentarians to around 80-90.
In March 2018, the debate on the amendments to the entirety presented by the PSOE and Podemos, which were rejected by PP and Ciudadanos, was brought to plenary. However, after Cifuentes’ controversial departure from the government, the initiative fell into oblivion, although reform is still underway to limit the number of investigations.