Sunday, March 09, 2008

Polling day

The cowardly murder of the ex- councilman of the PSE in Mondragón (Guip'uzcoa) Isaiah Carrasco, at the hands of terrorist band ETA has marred the election here in Spain just as the Madrid train bombings did in 2004. Both parties agreed to suspend campaigning in the last days before voting takes place today.

Let us hope that the day passes without incident as more that 35 million Spaniards elect the 350 deputies and the 208 senators who will make up the next government.

The 23,106 electoral schools will close at 8:00pm with results starting to come in at around 10:30pm. By tomorrow we will know whether the Socialists under the leadership of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero have retained power or if the Conservatives under the leadership of Mariano Rajoy have won through.

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