Portugal election: Exit polls suggest centre-left Socialists re-elected

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Portugal's legislative elections are taking place on January 30, 2022.

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The centre-left Socialist Party is projected to have won the most votes in Sunday’s legislative election in Portugal, but is likely to once more need the support of smaller parties.

A poll by Portugal’s Catholic University for public broadcaster RTP estimated that the Socialists collected between 37%-42% of the vote on Sunday, with their main rival, the centre-right Social Democrats taking 30%-35%.

The poll did not take into account the about 1.5 million people, out of an electorate of 10.8 million eligible voters, who live abroad and can vote by mail.

The Socialist Party, which has governed for the past six years, and the Social Democratic Party are Portugal’s two main parties. They have alternated in power for decades.

The snap election was triggered two months ago when lawmakers rejected the minority Socialist government’s spending bill and the country’s president dissolved parliament.

The centre-left Socialists and their main rivals, the centre-right Social Democratic Party, were in a tight race, opinion polls suggested.

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Here’s are the key points

    An exit poll estimated the Socialist Party has a slim lead over its main rival, the Social Democrast;This means the centre-left party will once more likely need the support of other left-wing parties to govern;The far-right Chega! (Enough!) party is expected to see its support soar to about 6% from just 1.3% back in 2019.

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Socialists have 10-point lead over nearest rival as 63% of ballots counted

With more than 63.5% of ballots counted, the Socialist party had secured 42.9% of the ballots, well ahead of the Social Democrats’ 31.14% share, preliminary results show.The far-right Chega! party was in third place with 7.5% of the vote.21:31 

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Socialist Party win the most votes, exit poll suggests

A poll by Portugal’s Catholic University for public broadcaster RTP estimated that the Socialists collected between 37%-42% of the vote on Sunday, with their main rival, the centre-right Social Democrats taking 30%-35%.The poll did not take into account the about 1.5 million people, out of an electorate of 10.8 million eligible voters, who live abroad and can vote by mail.
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Parliament probing potential election day hack

A hacking group claimed it had gained access to the Portuguese parliament website and “stolen sensitive information”.
The parliament’s official website was unavailable in France for a short time on Sunday evening.A spokesperson has said they were investigating a possible cyberattack but said that “there is currently no evidence” of one.READ MORE HERE.19:47

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1.2 million people in COVID-19 isolation

More than 1.2 million people were in isolation on Saturday due to the pandemic across Portugal, according to the Directorate-General for Health.

These include 591,969 with active infection and 611,042 risk contacts under surveillance. 

The country’s total population is 10.3 million.

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Prime Minister Costa voted early

António Costa cast his vote in the country’s snap elections last week.

He told reporters on Sunday: “I hope above all that everyone feels safe to exercise their right to vote, all the measures have been met so that everyone can vote with safety.””Fortunately it is going normally, no boycott nowhere, everything is going smoothly, people can vote and so I make an appeal so that people vote and take part in this moment, the great celebration of democracy in which every citizen decides what they want for the future,” he said.16:33

What voters are saying 

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Opposition leader Rui Rio casts his ballot

The leader of the Social Democrats carried out his democratic duty and urged others to do the same.”I wanted to make an appeal for people to vote, I understand this time it’s a bit different,” he said, likely referring to the impact the pandemic is having on the election process. He described himself as “calm”. “We did everything we were supposed to,” he added.

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