The Psoe And We Can Now Agree To Close The Petition Vote

2021-02-04   |   by CusiGO

PSOE and unidados Mayo registered a proposal in Congress on Thursday to reform the current electoral law, urgently end the voting required in the next election, and improve and simplify the voting system for Spaniards living abroad. The aim is that the draft will be discussed and adopted in plenary later this month, and an agreement is being reached with the people’s party, although negotiations are not yet over. After the reform takes effect, in the coming elections, foreign voters will be able to download the votes remotely and obtain the documents needed to vote in a shorter time, which is one of the main obstacles to voting since the introduction of the current requirements in 2011.

The current electoral law (loreg) revised in 2011 introduced the system of asking for votes, stipulated the obligation to submit voting documents, and involved other difficulties and procedures of timely sending votes from abroad, resulting in a drop of more than 20% (about 2%) in the voting rate of these voters. In 2008, it was 31.88%, lower than 10%. In the general election in April 2019, only 8.69% of Spain’s overseas registered voters applied to vote. In the election in November 2019, this proportion rose to 10.61%. In addition, one third to one half of the votes requested were lost due to the failure to submit documents in time and to send them to the election committee for calculation.

The two coalition partner parties have put forward similar initiatives in the last Parliament in February 2019, and again agreed to change this system in their government agreement a year ago. It almost unanimously passed a non legal proposal (except vox’s abstention) put forward by Mariona illamola, a member of the juntsxcat Congress, calling on the government to carry out reforms within four months.

The two alliance partners have made progress in their contacts in the past few weeks, finalized the details of the proposal, and put forward the idea of registering and co submitting the proposal, but eventually Pablo echenik, spokesman of the Federation, attended the meeting a few minutes in advance. The PSOE has also signed the agreement, but no longer explains it publicly, although leaders of the training and administration, such as first vice president Carmen Calvo, have established cautious contacts with the people’s party to get as many votes as possible. We can present the legislative proposal to the plenary later this month and defend its usefulness in ending what Mr echenik called yesterday’s “democratic humiliation.”. The people’s party is negotiating, but it has yet to determine the voting criteria.

Echonique welcomed the momentum on Thursday, saying the move “goes beyond” different ideological positions: “it’s democratic, and restricting the voting rights of overseas compatriots is just the opposite.” “We record that the purpose and purpose of this proposal is to improve the quality of our democracy and make it easier for people living abroad to exercise their right to vote,” said Adriana Lastra, a socialist spokesman. The socialist leader summed up future improvements in electoral rules: “the complex steps required to ask for a vote include repeating administrative procedures, Due to its short time and dependence on foreign services, it is difficult to comply with the deadline set by the electoral law and to prevent many citizens from exercising this fundamental right. ”

The proposal aims to change the three articles (75, 103 and 107) of Organic Law No. 5 / 1985 of 19 June concerning the general electoral system, Rules governing the exercise of the right to vote by Spaniards living abroad in order to provide procedures and time limits for those living abroad to exercise their right to vote without current obstacles.

The main development of the reform is as follows:

·Cancel request to vote: the rules restore the voting system without prior request. The registration office shall, in accordance with its authority, send the certificates, envelopes and documents required for voting, as well as the details required for downloading the ballot papers through remote information processing and obtaining them in person at the consulate, to all persons on the voter register of the absent residents (CERA).

·Shorten the deadline for submission of documents: the maximum deadline for submission of documents to persons registered with Cera has been shortened from the 34th day after the election to the 18th day.

·Download ballot papers electronically: ballot papers should be downloaded electronically or in paper form indicated in the documents submitted to the registrant. This helps the process and allows the submission of the necessary voting certificates before the deadline for declaring candidates, which is essential.

·Reserve the option of voting by mail to the consulate or face-to-face at the consulate: vote early and extend the voting time. It is now the fourth and second day before the election (Wednesday to Friday before the election day), and it is changed to the eighth and third day (Saturday to Thursday before the election day).

·Extend the voting time to the fifth day after the election: if we want to really pay attention to the voting of the absent residents, we must vote in time, so that in view of this, the current three-day period will lose nearly half of the votes collected by the consulate. Postpone voting until Friday after election day, so that external voting can arrive in time.

·Publication of voting data of wax voters by issuing consulate: reform advocates believe that it is necessary to publish voting data of consulates in order to improve the transparency and traceability of wax voter voting system.

·Electronic processing of census registration related procedures and the possibility of data changes: in addition to exercising the right to vote, the government has the right to manage other census related procedures within 12 months (registration, Data modification…).

·Special data validation and wax cleaning procedures: update wax (and register of Spaniards living abroad, Pere). Cera’s data was not updated because consulates could not easily access personal data through City Council data, as in the national register. The obsolescence of wax is a major problem because the guaranteed voting system does not envisage the distribution or large-scale return of wrongly submitted electoral documents. Therefore, the proposal stipulates that the government and consular authorities must carry out special data verification on registered personnel within the next six months.