The 35'776'615 people eligible and registered to vote next month include an extra 704'406 who are new to the electoral census since the last general elections were held in 2008, and 1'479'314 who are Spanish residents overseas.
There are 1'145 candidates to seats in the Senate and Congress, half the amount who presented themselves in 2008, due to the guarantees which are now demanded following electoral reform. Historically, the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) has won the General Elections on six occasions since the establishment of democracy in Spain since General Franco's dictatorship ended. The centre right Partido Popular (PP) has won on just two occasions, in 1996 and 2000, but the unpopularity of the present Socialist Central Government has resulted in the PP, under the leadership of Mariano Rajoy, being widely tipped to win on this occasion.
Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba will replace José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero as the Socialist candidate for the premiership.