Palma.—Around the Balearics, 711'526 people will have the right to vote on 22nd May at 387 polling stations, confirmed Regional Election Coordinator, Santiago Florit.

But he added that spending on reporting and coverage of the voting that night will be significantly less than the 3.9 million euros which the elections cost in 2007.

Budget restrictions imposed as a result of the economic crisis mean that the budget has been slashed by 66 percent to 1.3 million euros.
The government has minimised the number of externally provided services which would otherwise have been used to run vote counting and reporting, and has discounted altogether bringing in any outside caterers and TV sets.

More care has also been taken over getting themost reasonable quotations for those services which are essential.
In fact, the whole regional election process will be managed from just one operations centre at the Central Government Delegate offices in Palma. From there, the results of the elections sent in by more than 1'130 local authority workers around the municipalities, will be transmitted electronically to the Ministry of the Interior in Madrid.

When the Ministry is satisfied that all is in order, they will be transmitted back to the Balearic government for their evaluation.
Florit said that despite the cost cutting, the results of these elections will be made public more swiftly than they were in 2007. This year, the government is not allowed by law to encourage voting, only to explain how it is done.