EU envoy to Spain says Brussels hopes for higher turnout in parliament elections next year

HIGH HOPES: The next EU parliament election is schedule for May 2019 CREDIT: Shutterstock

THE European Commission’s envoy to Spain has welcomed the possibility that there might be a boost to voter turnout in EU parliamentary elections scheduled for this coming May.

Ioannis Virvilis said EU officials expected a higher number of people to vote due to bloc elections taking place the same day as local and regional ballots.

“Something that citizens sometimes don’t realise is that we have to elect the European Parliament because it will decide on if there will be more money for the Common Agricultural Policy, for security or to meet the challenge of migration,” Virivillis said.


Virivillis added that EU was hoping for turnouts of up to 70 per cent when voters go to the polls on Sunday May 26 2019. The turnout in Spain at the last EU elections in 2019 was 43.8 per cent.


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