Forecast says centre-right incumbent has received a second and remaining five-year time period.Centre-right incumbent candidate Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has received Portugal’s presidential election, in accordance with an exit ballot.
The survey by the Portuguese Catholic University’s Polling Center for public broadcaster RTP on Sunday indicated that Rebelo de Sousa captured between 57-62 p.c of the vote to safe a second and remaining five-year time period.
To keep away from a runoff on February 14 towards the runner-up, Rebelo de Sousa, 72, needed to win an absolute majority. Official outcomes are anticipated on Monday night time.
Socialist candidate Ana Gomes got here second with between 13-16 p.c, the ballot instructed.
In a shocking outcome, newly arrived right-wing populist Andre Ventura got here third with 9-12 p.c, the ballot indicated. Such a displaying for an extremist in mainstream Portuguese politics would have been unthinkable till just lately.
A girl carrying a protecting masks casts her poll for Portugal’s presidential election [Pedro Nunes/Reuters]The exit ballot estimated the turnout at 45-50 p.c, decrease than in current elections and apparently confirming considerations that some individuals would keep away for fear of changing into contaminated with COVID-19.
The polls came about because the variety of COVID-19 deaths broke data for the seventh day in a row on Sunday, at 275, with hospitalisations additionally at an all-time excessive.
The nation has the world’s highest charges of latest each day infections and deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, in accordance with a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Rebelo de Sousa, 72, a former chief of the centre-right Social Democratic Party, has labored intently with the centre-left minority Socialist authorities, supporting its pandemic efforts.
He additionally has endeared himself to the Portuguese together with his easy-going fashion. Photographs taken by passers-by of him in public locations, equivalent to one final yr of him standing in line at a grocery store carrying sneakers and shorts, routinely go viral.
With the nation in lockdown, the election marketing campaign featured not one of the normal flag-waving rallies however restrictions on motion had been lifted for polling day.
Authorities elevated the variety of polling stations and allowed for early voting to cut back crowding on election day. In different precautions, mask-wearing voters had been requested to carry their very own pens and disinfectant to polling stations.