First data show decline in participation


Madrid. The parliamentary re-election in Spain saw a significantly lower turnout on Sunday than at the last vote in April. By 14.00 clock had 37.93 percent of the voters participated, the electoral authority said.

That was about three and a half points less than at the first parliamentary election this year, just over six months ago at the same time (41.48 percent), it said. More than 37 million Spaniards are called to vote in almost 23,000 polling stations. Around 93,000 police are supposed to provide security nationwide. The first hours of the election ran without significant incidents.

In the election six months ago, nearly 72 percent of the voters participated. However, observers reckoned with a decline because of the disenchantedness of many citizens – the number of postal voters has already plummeted by 26 percent.

The Social Democratic PSOE had won the election in April with about 28 percent of the vote. However, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was unable to secure the necessary support from other parties for his election as Prime Minister. In September King Felipe VI. call a new election.

The polling stations close at 20.00, in the Canary Islands at 21.00 CET. After that first forecasts are expected.

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