VOTING numbers in today’s general election are about 1% lower than they were in 2011, a poll suggests.

By 14.00 on Sunday, 37.02% of the 36.5 million Spaniards registered to vote had cast their ballot, according to figures from the Interior Ministry.

LEADERS: Battling it out
LEADERS: Battling it out

At the same point in 2011, 37.88% of people had voted.

In Andalucia, 35.03% of registered voters had been to the ballot box and in Catalunya the figure of 35.3% is 1.55% lower than in 2011.

Voting attendances so far in Madrid and Valencia are reported to be 4.5% and 7% respectively above the national average.

The Basque Country has also turned out in high numbers so far.