The president is elected for a seven-year term by popular vote through a system of proportional representation. Voters indicate an order of predilection for each contender, and the ballots from eliminated candidates are re-distributed. The president can be re-elected for maximum one turn.
Election results 2011 - first count. Constituencies, selected candidates.
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The Electoral Reform Society, European Democracies website.
Department of the Environment & Local Government, Election results.