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The electoral campaign in the Basque Country enters its decisive stage

Electoral act of the PSE-EE with the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and the candidate for Lehendakari, Eneko Andueza

Jeickson Sulbaran

April 15, 2024 | 9:59 a.m.

Basque parties intensify their efforts one week before the elections to the Basque Parliament

As they get closer the elections to the Basque Parliament, scheduled for April 21, the political atmosphere in the Basque Country is charged with tension and expectation. This Tuesday, at 22:00 p.m., EITB will broadcast the second and last of the major electoral debates live from ETB2, Radio Euskadi and eitb.eus, where the seven candidates for lehendakari will present their proposals and visions for the autonomous community.

The electoral scenario appears more competitive than ever, according to the latest EITB Focus survey, which places EH Bildu slightly ahead of the PNV, both in a close fight for leadership in votes and seats. EH Bildu could overtake the traditionally dominant PNV by a margin of 2-3 seats, although the vote percentages are almost tied.

This close competition suggests that the PNV and the PSE-EE pthey may need to continue their governing coalition to maintain a degree of stability, although without the comfort of the absolute majority that they currently enjoy. For its part, the PSE-EE, which could increase its representation in Parliament, faces the challenge of consolidating its electoral base in a context of growing polarization.

The increase in undecided voters, a key factor in the elections

With 20% of voters still undecided, the definition of the political future of the Basque Country is far from clear. This high rate of indecision could play a crucial role on Election Day, potentially upending current projections. and redrawing the political map of the region.

Furthermore, the growth of the PP, which could gain an additional seat compared to the previous elections, signals a change in the preferences of some voters, displacing parties like Vox, which would be left without representation. Sumar, representing the confederal left, would manage to remain in Parliament, while Elkarrekin Podemos faces the challenge of not being left out.

Debates as a thermometer of the political climate of the electoral campaigns

This Tuesday's debate is not only an opportunity for the candidates to present their programs, but also a thermometer of the political and social mood in the Basque Country. Interactions between candidates, questions from the public and how each party addresses key issues will offer voters one last chance to evaluate their options before heading to the polls.

In this context of uncertainty and competition, debates emerge as crucial moments to capture the attention of those undecided voters and for parties to clearly delineate their differences and similarities. The candidates' ability to connect with citizens and transmit a clear and convincing message could be decisive in an election that is anticipated to be tight and with an uncertain result.

In the electoral campaign in the Basque Country it is at a critical point. The citizens of Bizkaia and the rest of the province have in their hands the possibility of influencing significantly in the direction his government will take. With proposals on the table and the debate on the horizon, the Basque electoral panorama promises to be as dynamic as it is decisive.

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