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The Basque Parliament


Basque Parliament The Basque Parliament is, in short, the supreme body of popular representation in the Basque County. Its main functions include legislating, stimulating and controlling the actions of the Basque Government and approving the Budget for the Autonomous Community. The Parliament also appoints senators to represent the Basque Country in Madrid, requests the Spanish Government to adopt draft bills, sends draft bills to the Parliamentary Committee and appeals against decisions on the grounds of unconstitutionality.

Each of the three Historic Territories sends 25 members to the Basque Parliament, making a total of 75 members in all. Elections to the Basque Parliament are held once every four years.

It is up to Parliament, the Government and, in some cases, the representative institutions of the Historic Territories to present initiatives for legislation. Members of the Basque Parliament may make formal requests, questions, ask for official explanations and present motions, both in Plenary session and Commission, which are the two bodies that channel parliamentary activity.

The present Law governing elections to the Basque Parliament was passed on June 15, 1990. The Law includes some features not covered by the general Spanish electoral law that are designed to improve the quality of the election process.

The Law states that elections are called by the Lehendakari (President) of the Government who issues a decree to that effect. Voting must take place between 54 and 60 days after the decree is published.

 The law provides for an electoral campaign lasting 15 days and for the use of free advertising space in publicly-owned media. Space is allotted to each party in proportion to the votes they received in the previous elections to the Basque Parliament.

 

Fecha de la última modificación: 30/06/2009