Backgrounder: Spanish election in numbers   2011-11-20 02:23:15 FeedbackPrintRSS

MADRID, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Spanish general election which will be held on Sunday looks likely to produce a change of government with the last opinion poll pointing to the Popular Party, led by Mariano Rajoy defeating the ruling Socialist (PSOE) party, headed by Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba.

As befitting for an election held under the cloud of the current economic crisis, which has so badly affected Spain, the overall cost of this general election is 5.8 percent down from the last election, which was held in March 2008.

The election which sees the Spanish public elect 350 deputies and 208 senators, nevertheless, cost a total of 124 million euros (around 168 million U.S. dollars), according to information released by the Spanish Interior Ministry, which states the country has saved 3 million euros (4 million U.S.dollars) in preparing the voting papers, even though 374 million papers and 70 million envelopes have been printed for use.

Sunday will see a total of 59,876 tables for Spaniards to vote and these tables have been set up in the 23,082 buildings, mainly schools and colleges, which will be used as polling stations.

500,000 people have been called on by the state to supervise the vote. They have to be present at their polling station at 8 a.m. Spanish time, while the polls open at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m..

60,000 civil servants will oversee the vote, while the papers will be deposited in 200,000 ballot boxes and voters will be able to ensure their vote is private in one of the 58,000 voting booths that have been set up.

707,000 citizens are entitled to vote this Sunday, who were not entitled to do so three and a half years ago, while 200,000 youngsters are able to vote for the first time in their lives after reaching the minimum age of 18.

The first information about the turnout will be given at 10.45, while there will be further news at 14.45 and 18.45. The first results should be known around 21.00 hours while the final data should start to appear around an hour later depending on the speed at which the votes are counted.

Editor: yan
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