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Parliament’s presidential election: Tajani, Pittella and Stevens lead after first ballot

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17/01/2017
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No candidate won the required absolute majority of valid votes cast (342) in the first round of voting in Parliament’s presidential election on Tuesday morning. Of the six candidates, Antonio Tajani (EPP, IT) did best, with 274 votes, ahead of Gianni Pittella (S&D, IT) and Helga Stevens (ECR, BE).




Outcome of the first ballot:

    Antonio Tajani (EPP, IT) 274
    Gianni Pittella (S&D, IT) 183
    Helga Stevens (ECR, BE) 77
    Jean Lamberts (Greens/EFA, UK) 56
    Eleonora Forenza (GUE/NGL) 50
    Laurentiu Rebega (ENF, RO) 43

Valid votes cast in the first ballot: 683

Total votes cast: 718

The ballot is secret and may last up to four rounds. Candidates may withdraw and new ones may enter the contest before the second and third ballot. The second ballot will start at 13.00.

If no candidate wins an absolute majority of valid votes cast in the first three ballots, the two best-scoring candidates in the third round will go through to a fourth round, in which the President will be elected by a simple majority.

Candidates’ presentations before the vote

The election of a new European Parliament President began with three-minute speeches by the six candidates, outlining their ideas on how to lead the chamber over the next two and half years. Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE) withdrew his candidature before the vote. MEPs then proceeded to cast their votes in the first round.

To view the video, click on the candidate’s name.

1. Laurentiu Rebega (ENF, RO)
2. Jean Lambert (Greens/EFA, UK)
3. Eleonora Forenza (GUE/NLG, IT)
4. Helga Stevens (ECR, BE)
5. Gianni Pittella (S&D, IT)
6. Antonio Tajani (EPP, IT)

The ballot is secret and may last up to four rounds. Candidates may withdraw and new ones may enter the contest before the second and third ballot. The outcome of the first round is expected to be announced soon after11.00.

If no candidate wins an absolute majority of valid votes cast in the first three ballots, the two best-scoring candidates in the third round will go through to a fourth round, in which the President will be elected by a simple majority.

Parliament’s Vice-Presidents and Quaestors will be elected on Wednesday.

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Further information:

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Watch the election via EP LiveBackground note on Parliament’s mid-term elections
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Candidates' profiles:

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Eleonora Forenza, European United Left-Nordic Green Left Group (IT)Jean Lambert, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance (UK)Gianni Pittella, Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats Group (IT)Laurenţiu Rebega, Europe of Nations and Freedom Group (RO)Helga Stevens, European Conservatives and Reformists Group (BE)Antonio Tajani, European People’s Party Group (IT)