Rajoy awaits Galicia and Basque poll test today
Two regions will give a clear indication as to the feelings of Spanish voters to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s austerity measures today.
Regional polls take place in the north western province of Galicia and the northern Basque Region.
In the Basque Region some 1,775,291 voters will be voting to elect 75 members of the Basque Parliament.
In the last elections in 2009 the Basque Nationalist Party (EAJ-PNV) came out on top with 30 seats and 38.6% of the vote. The latest opinion polls put them on 33.7% and 24 to 25 seats.
The Eskul Herria Bildu (EHB) which won just 5 seats with 9.7% of the vote is expected to do very well today. They are polling at 27.3% which would give them 21 or 22 seats.
The Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE), the main national opposition should be doing well considering the austerity measures Rajoy’s government has imposed, but they are polling at 21.4% which would give them 17 seats, eight less than their tally of 25 seats in 2009.
The Popular Party (PP) of Mariano Rajoy should do badly in the election if there is a strong reaction to the austerity measures, however, the polls indicate that they may lose one seat and drop to 12 seats with 14.8% of the vote.
In Galicia, a Popular Party stronghold, the PP vote looks to be holding up as well, although 40% of those polled remained undecided.
Nevertheless the 2,696,513 voters entitled to vote in the 75 seat Galician Parliament look set to return the PP as the largest party. The question remains as to whether they will still have a majority or be forced into coalition.
The Popular Party won 38 seats with 46.68% of the vote in 2009. Opinion polls suggest that they could get 46.4% of the vote and between 37 and 41 seats this time.
The Socialist Party of Galicia (PSdeG – PSOE) is on 25.8% of the vote which would give them 22 to 24 seats. That would be a small drop from their 2009 tally of 25 seats.
The Galician Nationalist Bloc (BNG) could drop to between nine and eleven seats from their 2009 figure of 12 seats. Smaller parties may pick up the balance of the seats.
Polling stations in both regions will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time.