ERC will ask the Congress that the reform of the General Electoral Law to suppress the vote requestedor allow Spanish citizens abroad can delegate their vote to a person from the same constituency in Spain, for any type of election, although limited to a single electoral call.
The Plenary of Congress will debate this week this amendment to the whole with alternative text presented by the ERC parliamentary group to the bill that asks to repeal the requested vote introduced in 2011 and whose consideration was approved unanimously in Congress last February.
Then all the parties agreed that to process the proposed Law -initiative of the PSOE and United We Can- that asks that ballots can be downloaded electronically and that lengthens the deadlines in the voting process abroad.
ERC coincides with the objective of the initiative, although it has registered an amendment to the entirety -to which Efe has had access- that includes several new articles such as that “those citizens who are abroad, either permanently or temporarily , may exercise their right to vote through the figure of the delegation of vote in the ballot box to a citizen of their choice from the same constituency “.
This measure would directly affect the ERC general secretary, Marta Rovira, indicted in the trial by the Catalan procés and who is on the run in Switzerland, as well as the former president of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, and the rest of the defendants who are in Belgium.
ERC expands the voting formulas that would be available not only to the telematic method but also to the delegation of vote. This delegation of vote would be limited to a single scrutiny, but it would not distinguish in the type of elections, and its duration would be a maximum of three years. “Each delegation is established through an administrative form made available by the authorities or accessible online,” says the text of the amendment, which also specifies that “a citizen may not exercise the delegated vote of more than three delegates.”
ERC’s request will be predictably rejected by most parties since, although JxCAT will vote in favor, the PP has indicated to Efe that it will vote against, so the bill will continue to process partial amendments and the Republicans have room to continue negotiating. In fact, the 4 deputies of JxCAT have also stated that they will present amendments in this regard.
The ERC initiative claims that the “The State will enable all the procedures and means to ensure participation in the elections “and makes it clear that the concrete forms that the exercise of the vote abroad will adopt will be” the ballot box, the postal vote and the proxy vote. “It also emphasizes the need to promote more telematic and technological means to streamline the voting process, with the creation of specific web pages with the administrations.
It also asks to enable a service not only free but with permanent telephone attention and to expedite the procedures, it asks to cut some deadlines such as that the day after the deadline to deposit the vote in the ballot box, the envelopes are sent by diplomatic bag.
ERC urges to regulate the null vote in more detail and asks that the general scrutiny of foreign votes be carried out on the eighth day after the vote, instead of the fifth as marked by the proposal of the PSOE and United We Can, and also that cannot be interrupted.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.