Local elections in Spain progress normally | News
The regional and municipal elections in Spain are progressing normally this Sunday, even in the midst of inclement weather in some areas and complaints about the buying and selling of votes by almost all political parties.
Regional and municipal elections begin in Spain
After local noon (UTC) the leaders of the main parties already voted. The President of the Government and Secretary General of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), Pedro Sánchez, voted in Madrid early in the morning and has encouraged people to vote and do so in the face of what he called "intolerance, noise and tension". .
For his part, the leader of the main opposition party, Popular, Alberto Núñez Feijóo voted this morning for the first time in Madrid (he is originally from Galicia), and asked the public what he called "a clear vote that gives rise to strong governments.
Feijóo defends his thesis that the list with the most votes should be allowed to govern instead of what he calls the “losers' pact” governing.
The leaders of Podemos, the leftist force, part of the government coalition, also voted: the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero called to "vote with memory" to "advance in rights."
The general secretary of Podemos, Ione Belarra, an hour earlier said that she encouraged "everyone to go vote today and vote with memory so that the right to vote is the door to other rights," added Montero.
In the interim, the Police identified three men and seized 450 euros on suspicion of buying votes on the street, a scandal that has been repeated with various nuances and intensity in recent days in several towns and has even led to jail several candidates.
Electoral authorities from the Ministry of the Interior reported that 99.4 percent of the polling stations throughout Spain were set up normally, at 10:00 local time (UTC). Specifically, 60,195 polling stations were open out of the 60,542 planned, according to official data.
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