The Spanish electorate has given its overwhelming approval to the proposed European constitution. 76.5 percent have voted in favour of the European charter and just 17.4 percent against.
Participation in the referendum has not been as low as some feared – in the end just over 42 percent of the electorate voted today – but even so it is the lowest turnout in any election or referendum held in the history of democratic Spain. It will be interesting to see whether or not other European countries prove to be more successful in persuading their electorate to vote.
The result will be seen as a victory for Spanish president Rodriguez Zapatero, not necessarily because of the turnout, but because of the size of the majority of votes in favor of the European constitution.
Today’s referendum was carried out without any violent incidents.