The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, Isabel Goicoechea, and the Secretary of State for Communication, Michelangelo Oliver, have offered this data at a press conference at the Ifema Data Center.
The participation has fallen in all the autonomous communities, especially in the Balearic Islands, where at that time 47.40% of the voters called to the polls had come, in front of 54.42% He did it on April 28.
On the opposite side, the Valencian Community, one of the autonomies where the descent has been lower, with 59.97 percent of voters who at 18:00 had already gone to schools, while in the previous elections already the same time had come 61.64.
In Catalonia and with 99.73% of the polled tables, the participation amounted to 59.88%, which means 4.4 points less than in 28A, while in the Community of Madrid the influx of voters was 61.51% (65.10 in the previous elections).
The day is going smoothly, but two voters have died in their polling stations, a woman in Granada and a man in Guipuzcoa.
The main political leaders voted in the early hours of the day with a common call for participation to end the blockade.
The head of the socialist list and president of the acting Government, Pedro Sanchez, has been one of the earliest and has approached his electoral center in Pozuelo de Alarcon (Madrid) at 9.44 am
Not to mention possible agreements, he has opted for a high participation that legitimizes the results that come out of the polls and, between applause from his followers and shouts of "president", has claimed the value of democracy – "unites us as a country and makes us stronger "– and recalled that "today's vote will choose tomorrow's Spain".
For his part, the leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, has gone to his Madrid school around 10.20 hours, from where he has called to vote "massively" to achieve a "clear result" that bets on the stability that Spain needs, "even more so when many have interpreted these elections as a second round of April."
After noting that the popular have closed the campaign "with much optimism and very good prospects"He stressed the need to unlock a political situation that, he said, "is already ballasting the economy."
Shortly afterwards, the candidate of Citizens for the Presidency of the Government, Albert Rivera, voted in Pozuelo de Alarcon, who has appealed to the vote of the undecided moderates so that his party be "key" against the paralysis of Spain.
In Rivera's opinion, "if the center does not widen, the extremes win" and it will return to "the reds and the blues", so" it is time to put common sense and good sense. "
In Galapagar (Madrid), the leader of United Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, has already voted that he will reach out to the PSOE after the elections because, in his opinion, "combine courage" of his match with "the experience" of the socialists would allow the country to become a reference in social politics.
"We are going to leave the reproaches behind," Iglesias added. In Madrid, his former partner and now head of the list of More Country, Ínigo Errejon, also expected good results to be "decisive" in the formation of a progressive government and avoid a new electoral call.
The last to go to the polls in the capital, around 13.15, was the leader of Vox, Santiago Abascal, who has hoped that the result will serve to "strengthen the unity of Spain, the freedom of the Spanish and the national concord ", moving away" any attempt of divisions, hatred and confrontation between the Spaniards ".
The leaders of the PP, Citizens and VOX have highlighted the need to guarantee the free vote in Catalonia and the work of the security forces and bodies in that community, where the electoral morning has developed without incident and where independentistas leaders have called to answer with the vote to the sentence of "proces".
JxCat's list head, Laura Borras, He has called in Barcelona to "respond to the sentence of injustice" with the "sentence of democracy" and the president of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, has also appealed to a "massive" participation: "The polls, the votes ; this is our playground. "
For its part, the head of the ERC list, Gabriel Rufian, in Sabadell, has also urged "fight the state with urns and democracy"against the sentence of" repression ".
From the Basque Country, the PNV candidate to Congress for Bizkaia, Aitor Esteban, He has asked the Basques to participate in "these transcendental elections" for the recentralizing proposals announced in the campaign and because Euskadi "plays a lot in rights and freedoms."