Saturday, March 25

Participation in Castilla y León at 11:30 is 11.31%

At 11:30, the participation in Castilla y León is 11.31%, according to data published by the Board.

It is an unprecedented preview of participation – the first has always been at 2:00 p.m. and this time that will be the second -, so it cannot be compared with previous figures. These are elections with special concern for the participation data given that it is the first time that the regional and municipal elections have been separated.

From the Junta de Castilla y León, they point out that the progress of participation was communicated in the Governing Council two weeks ago with the intention of “providing more information” and it is given online and not at a press conference because there is no data to compare .

Despite this, from the Union of the Leonese People (UPL) they assure that they did not know in advance that a preview of participation was going to be published at mid-morning, which they describe as “strange”. Party sources attribute this “to the nerves of the PP”. “It is not a usual thing and it does not say anything either because they are not usual hours to vote. It does not seem very logical,” they have explained from the Leon formation.

A disparate turnout

By provinces, participation is very uneven. Segovia and Soria lead the number of people who have gone to vote, with 12.24 and 12.21% of the voters, respectively, who in the first two and a half hours of voting have exercised their right. In contrast, in the province of León, with a very unpleasant and cold day, only 10.01% of voters went to the polls until 11:30 am.

Ávila (11.91%), Valladolid (11.90%), Salamanca (11.70%) show participation figures above the regional average, while Burgos (11.24%), Zamora (10.70%) and León (10.01%) do so below. The difference between the province where there is more voting and where there is less is more than two percentage points at mid-morning.

The previous legislature

The Parliament of the short X Legislature -it is the first that has not come to an end since it is the first time that Castilla y León holds elections in advance and alone- was also made up of 81 attorneys after the victory of the PSOE in the elections of 2019, when it reached 35 prosecutors, compared to 29 from PP, twelve from Ciudadanos, two from Podemos-Equo and one from UPL, Por Ávila and VOX –these last two formations landed in the Cortes of Castilla y León for the first time in the previous elections.

The final composition of the Parliament of the X Legislature was settled after clearing up days later a “gap in voting” at five polling stations in León –a contentious electoral appeal was filed in León–. On the electoral night of May 26, 2019, the initial count gave thirteen prosecutors to Ciudadanos, with whom he added 42 with the PP, and only one to Podemos, for Burgos.

In fact, the current candidate of United We Can, Pablo Fernández, who ran for León in 2019, had been left out of the Cortes in the count of that electoral night and, even, of the CERA votes, but that review of the gap in five tables of León allowed him to maintain his parliamentary act to the detriment of Ciudadanos, which was definitively left with twelve seats.

Finally, the Popular Party, with 29 prosecutors, and Citizens, with twelve of the final count, managed to govern in coalition after achieving the absolute majority that was in fact in the 41 seats they added.