The leader of the CiU Party, Artur Mas will be the next president of the Generalitat (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). At around 11pm, Artur Mas, appeared with Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida to thank those who came out and voted for them saying, "we receive this victory with a mixture of feelings, humility, responsibility and hope." He also thanked those who do not usually vote for the CiU, stressing the responsibility that comes with that. "We will need everyone's help to lift Catalunya together. We need a mobilised country because we need all its assets. Therefore I call upon everyone to join efforts in the coming years to create a better, more prosperous and respected Catalunya." The CiU party won 62 seats, six seats short of an absolute majority. The PSC party won 28 seats, their worst results in Catalan elections to date. This result has meant that PSC leader José Montilla announced that he will quit the leadership at the next congress, scheduled for 2011, after the municipal elections. The PPC ranked third with 18 seats, their best ever result in Catalunya, followed by ICV with 10 and the ERC also with 10 seats. Ciutadans, maintained their representation with three seats whilst the biggest surprise of the night was Joan Laporta's party, the Solidaritat Catalana per la Independència, who won four seats. With these new results, the Catalan Parliament is now very fragmented, with seven sides and the hope of a triparty leadership quashed. Despite estimations of a poor turnout, around 59.9 percent voted, which represents an improvement of more than three percentage points from the 2006 election.
The Catalan government used yesterday's elections to pilot test electronically managed polling stations in six municipalities (read article in Castilian here, El País). The method is meant to electronically monitor the census, save time and paper and ensure the reliability of the counts. The method was used by around 207,000 citizens in the municipalities of El Prat, Vic, La Bisbal d'Empordà, La Seu d'Urgell, Tortosa, Lleida and Montblanc. The plan is to roll it out across the whole of Catalunya in the next regional elections. The method is not new, the central government already tested in it in the European elections in 2009 in Lleida and Pontevedra Salamanca. Xavier Pascula, a representative of the Catalan administration said, "before you would see people suffer with the counts, or in deciphering the vote correctly." The invention minimises the errors in all phases of the voting process. Even people who do not have electronic ID only have to type their name or document number into the computer database.
Private and public animal shelters are to offer new ways to attract adoption (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). In a bid to try and increase the number of successful permanent adoptions for abandoned pets, both public and private organisations are now offering new schemes to encourage people to give permanent homes to animals. Now you can take care of dogs or cats for a couple of months at a time to try them out, or you could sponsor a cat or dog and visit it on Saturdays. The requirements to take part in the schemes are age, or those under age have to be accompanied by a guardian and you have to make a commitment to walk, feed and keep clean your new pet. In case of illness then the veterinarians at the centres will take care of the animal. Taking place in the scheme is the Centro de acogida de animales de compañía de Barcelona (CAACB), whilst it undergoes refurbishment works with the project freeing up space in the kennel area where the work is taking place. According to the Ayuntamiento they have so far transferred 12 dogs. The temporary fostering scheme will not continue after the works are completed. Also offering unique methods of interaction, the Jardinet dels Gats de Ciutat Vella is also allows different ways to encourage adoption, with foster and sponsorship projects also available. Alex Monton, said, "Right now we have 16 cats in shelters and over the course of 2010 we have seen 74 in total." Of that total, 66 percent were housed in less than two months, 26 percent stayed at the shelter for between two to six months and the rest, (11 percent) stayed for more than half the year. The shelter also offer a sponsorship scheme where people can donate money to the welfare of a particular cat and are allowed to visit on Saturdays.