Election study reveals interesting facts and figures

AS THE dust settles on last month’s presidential election, several predictable yet interesting statistics have come to light.

According to a study by Portugal Diário, Cavaco Silva’s hometown Boliqueime registered a 73 per cent vote in favour of the new President, while main rival Mário Soares only received eight per cent of the vote.

Manuel Alegre’s hometown Águeda served up 29 per cent to the independent socialist, whereas Soares only bagged seven per cent of the vote.

Campo Maior was the only place in Portugal where Soares got a clear victory, whereas in Felgueiras, where the PS lost the last local elections to independent candidate Fátima Felgueiras, Cavaco Silva managed to win with 60 per cent of the vote. In Gondomar, Cavaco Silva had less luck, picking up around 45 per cent of the votes, with Alegre netting 20 per cent.

Beja was the only district that chose far-left wing candidate Jerónimo de Sousa, giving him 27.5 per cent of the vote against a mere handful for Cavaco Silva. In Ponte de Lima, Cavaco gained 73 per cent of the vote whereas in Porto, Gaia, Lisbon and Coimbra, Cavaco didn’t succeed in gaining half of those votes. In Braga, where the PS did well in the general election, Cavaco Silva managed to pick up an absolute majority.