Less Spaniards attend the polls regarding April elections

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Madrid, Nov. 10.- The participation in the general elections held today by Spain was, five hours after the opening of the polls, at 37.93%, below that registered in the previous elections in April.

According to the first official data, offered by the Secretary of State for Communication, Miguel Angel Oliver, and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, Isabel Goicoechea, attendance at schools is 3.5 points lower than that of six months ago to that same hour.

Normality is the tonic of the electoral day, which has been developed so far without incident, both officials stressed.

To this vote, the second in 2019, just over 37 million voters are called to renew the Senate (208 seats) and the Congress of Deputies (350 seats), the lower house in charge of electing the next president of the Spanish Government.

The legislative elections this Sunday – the fourth in four years – are a repetition of those held last April 28, because the main political parties failed to reach a governance agreement.

With an open crisis in Catalonia that would benefit the right-wing parties, particularly the right-wing Vox, the new appointment with the polls will leave, judging by the polls, greater parliamentary fragmentation, which could extend the institutional paralysis.

If this prediction is confirmed, none of the five main forces with representation in the Lower House will reach a sufficient majority, so once again agreements will be necessary to unlock the situation in a country without a pact culture.

A scenario that already occurred in the December 2015 elections, which had to be repeated in June 2016, and after those held in April this year, which again showed the ineptitude of the ruling class to agree.

The 2015 elections marked the end of bipartisans embodied for four decades by the Popular and Socialist Spanish Workers parties, with the entry of two new groups: the leftist Podemos and the liberal Citizens.

The instability that began then worsened after the April contest, with the emergence in the Congress of the extreme right-wing party Vox.

The almost 23 thousand polling stations authorized for the occasion will remain open until 20:00 local time and three hours later it is expected that the almost definitive results will be known.

To guarantee the tranquility of the day, the Government launched a security device composed of some 93 thousand agents throughout the Iberian nation. (Text and photo: PL)



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