The election day took place this Sunday in Spain without incident of consideration and a participation that seems to be less than in the previous parliamentary elections last April, while maintaining uncertainty about whether the result will serve to end the political blockade and to form a government stable.
Representative results are expected around 22 (local time, 21 GMT), at least two hours after the close of the polling stations.
According to the GAD3 poll for RTVE, the PSOE won the election with an estimated 114 to 119 seats, an amount less than the elections of April 28, when he won 123 seats. In second place is the PP with between 85 to 90 seats, while Vox would be placed as third political force in Congress with 56-59 seats, doubling the previous result When he got 24 seats. United We could be the fourth political force with 30-34 seats, descending from the 42 minutes obtained in the April legislative. For its part, Citizens descend from the thirteenth place to the fifth, descending from the 57 seats to only 14 or 15.
The voters elect the 350 deputies of Congress and 208 members of the Senate, since the rest of the representatives of the Upper House (57) are appointed by the regional parliaments.
The authorities organized a security device consisting of 93,000 members of the National Police, Civil Guard and agents of regional and local bodies, with special attention to the possibility of incidents or sabotages in Catalonia due to the independence tensions, although the day also passed almost normally in this region of northeastern Spain.
However, the party leader Citizens (liberals) Ines Arrimadas was unbelievable in Barcelona when he was going to vote for a group of independentistas who shouted insults and slogans in favor of the nine sovereign leaders sentenced to prison for their responsibility in the illegal Catalan secessionist process of 2017.
Among the few incidents of the day, two elders died in their respective polling stations: a woman over 80 who suffered a faint in a population of Granada (south) and an 87-year-old man who apparently died of a heart attack in a town in Guipuzcoa (north).
On a day of cold and rain in much of the country, the nearly 23,000 voting centers opened at 9 am (8 GMT) and closed at 8 pm (19 GMT) – so that 37 million Spaniards can exercise the right of suffrage. There are 226,771 voters more than the previous elections last April 28, when 75.79% of the total electoral roll voted. It was one of the highest electoral participations since democracy was restored in Spain, four decades ago.
At 17 GMTTwo hours before school closes, the participation was 56.86%, almost 4 points less than in the April elections at the same time. This provisional decline coincides with the trend of an increase of the abstention forecasted by a large part of the surveys published days ago.
The Spaniards come to vote for the second time in less than a year to try to end the blockade that prevents the formation of a government because of the increasing fragmentation of Parliament and the lack of agreement between political groups. They will be the fourth general elections within four years due precisely to political instability.
The elections of April 28 were won by the socialist leader, Pedro Sanchez, with 123 of the 350 seats in Congress, but he could not gain the support or abstention of other parliamentary parties, as the case may be, to be invested President of the Government , a position he now holds in office.
Aware of the increase in abstentionists, the main political leaders voted in the early hours of the day with a common call for participation to end the blockade.
The socialist Sanchez wanted a high participation so that the data legitimize the electoral results. "Today's vote will choose tomorrow's Spain," he told the media after voting with his wife.
The opposition leader, the conservative Pablo Casado (Popular Party), also called for a "massive" participation, who claimed a "clear result" that stability because the political situation "is already ballasting the economy," he said.
In addition to these two main parties, the left-wing coalition United Podemos (UP) and Citizens (liberals), both down in electoral polls, will again obtain parliamentary representation.
Vox (extreme right) would increase its representation and enter a new left-wing party, Mas Pais, which would further fractionate the Parliament, while minorities of Basque nationalists and Catalan independentists would virtually maintain their representation, according to polls.
(With information from EFE, Europa Press and AFP)