Second attempt and, for now, with no signs of ending better than the first. The Botànic parties (PSOE, Compromís and Unidas Podem) They have returned to the charge with the proposal to reform the Valencian electoral law. They do so after the failure that occurred two years ago, when they did not get support to approve it due to the frontal rejection of the opposition. And this time, in the middle of the third wave of the pandemic, it does not seem that they are going to get the necessary support, at least for the moment. The project, which will be debated next Wednesday in the plenary session of the Cortes, is born censored by the rest of the political forces, who criticize that It is not the time to start this debate with the one that is falling for the covid. But it is precisely the effect of the coronavirus, which makes it difficult to vote for possible infected in a pandemic, one of the new assumptions that they want to include in this legal reform. How? Receiving the advice of experts to articulate mechanisms with which to shield the participation of the entire census in times of epidemiological difficulties, as announced by the Catalan Ombudsman, Fran Ferri.
In the current scenario, the training that leads Toni Cantó, Ciudadanos (Cs), is once again the key piece to undertake the legal reform that, among other aspects, would allow to lower the electoral bar from 5% to 3%, fix parity between men and women, establish the possibility of preferential voting ( without becoming open lists) or the incompatibility of holding local and regional positions. The reform needs to be approved by a majority of two thirds of the Chamber, that is, 66 deputies compared to the 52 of the Botànic. With this, the 18 seats of Cs are fundamental if it is taken for granted that a possible pact with the PP is practically ruled out. And just as they did last legislature, turning their back on the tripartite reform bill, they could do it now. That was, in fact, the threat launched yesterday by the trustee of Cs.
Sang gave yesterday a loud slam of the door to the possibility of opening the electoral reform melon now and he expressed his rejection for being in disagreement both in substance and in form. For the trustee, it is not acceptable that “the priority” of the forces that support the Consell is now to “be concerned about their seats”, leading to the full “content away from the priorities of the Valencians.” As expressed, “Something as important as that should have come out of a joint effort and proposed by all the parliamentary forces, or at least by the majority, and not present it in a hurry”. All this, he said, to “cover the mismanagement” of the Botànic in relation to the pandemic. He admitted, yes, that negotiations were started to address this issue with the tripartite party, but, as he asserted, “they cut them all at once” and ended up registering the proposal outside of Cs. “If the tripartite presents the same as the last legislature, it will obtain from us the same sense of vote, which is negative, as is logical,” he added.
The PP trustee, Isabel Bonig, also ruled that the Botànic “shows very little sensitivity when raising the debate on the electoral law in a dramatic situation for citizens.” “Right now people are losing their lives and their assets and this is not the time. The PPCV is against it, but if they want us to play we will play and maybe we have to open the debate to reduce the number of deputies “, said Bonig. «If they want electoral law, let’s talk but what the people want, maybe there are plenty of deputies and high officials. Maybe the Community is not there to keep 99 deputies. I think they are not aware of what is happening out there, “continued the popular leader in reference to the consequences of the pandemic.
The socialist spokesman in the Cortes, Manolo Mata, called Cs’s position “curious” and argued that precisely this law “has been presented at the initiative of the orange formation”, which is why he does not understand now “that change in attitude ». Even so, he acknowledged that, without the support of Cantó’s group, he will not be able to get ahead.
More combative was the Syndic of Compromís, Fran Ferri, who directly accused Cantó of “blatantly lying” because, he assured, he was offered the possibility of jointly presenting the bill, but they rejected it. “That they present their proposal, we will study it and it will surely be approved, but that they work and stop lying because it tires,” said Ferri. For her part, the spokeswoman for Unides Podem, Pilar Lima, defended that this law will be a “benchmark at the state level” that is “at the democratic and feminist vanguard”, trusting that “it will be approved, without any doubt.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.