Results

David Sassoli was elected at the second round of voting. The result of the votes was as follows:

1st round

Votes cast:

735

Blank or invalid votes:

73

Valid votes cast:

662

Absolute majority of votes cast:

332

Result:

vote inconclusive

Ska KELLER (Greens/EFA, DE)

133

Sira REGO (GUE/NGL, ES)

42

David SASSOLI (S&D, IT)

325

Jan ZAHRADIL (ECR, CZ)

162


2nd round

Votes cast:

704

Blank or invalid votes:

37

Valid votes cast:

667

Absolute majority of votes cast:

334

Result:

David Maria Sassoli duly elected EP President

Ska KELLER (Greens/EFA, DE)

119 (-14)

Sira REGO (GUE/NGL, ES)

43 (+1)

David SASSOLI (S&D, IT)

345 (+20)

Jan ZAHRADIL (ECR, CZ)

160 (-2)

Candidates and groups

Four candidates stood for election, who presented their vision for their leadership of the House in five-minute speeches.

To view the videos of the candidates’ speeches, click on their respective names below.

Statement by Ska KELLER (Greens/EFA, DE)

Statement by Sira REGO (GUE/NGL, ES)

Statement by David SASSOLI (S&D, IT)

Statement by Jan ZAHRADIL (ECR, CZ)

Election rules

Under Rule 15 of Parliament’s Rules of Procedure, candidates for the presidency may be put forward either by a political group or by 1/20th of Members, i.e. 38 MEPs (“low threshold” introduced by the revised Rules of Procedure). The election is held by secret ballot. To be elected, a candidate must win an absolute majority of the valid votes cast, i.e. 50% plus one (Rule 16). Blank or spoiled ballots do not count in calculating the majority required. If no candidate is elected in the first ballot, the same or other candidates can be nominated for a second round under the same conditions.

Next steps

The votes to choose Vice-Presidents and Quaestors will take place on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, respectively.