Catalonian government postpones parliamentary elections

The elections were scheduled for February 14 and passed for May 30. In view of the evidence of the probability of the abstention winning, the executive decided not to "question the legitimacy of the process".

Juan Medina / Reuters

The Catalonian government decided on Friday to postpone the elections for the Catalan Parliament, which were scheduled for the next 14th of February - the act being transferred to the following 30th of May.

The executive explained the decision this afternoon, after reaching a broad consensus with the different parties in the various meetings between the executive and them, the official source of the Catalonian government told JE.

The Catalan executive - led interim by Pere Aragonès (of the Republican Left of Catalonia) has been working in recent months to establish protocols and actions to organize the elections with one of the objectives “guaranteeing the right to vote for all citizens, minimizing the risk of health and ensure the legitimacy of the process ”.

For example, the executive decided to create recommended polling slots: 9-12 am for high-risk sectors, 12-18 pm for the rest of citizens and 18-20 pm for positive people and their contacts.

Despite the measures, the executive took the decision to postpone the elections "taking into account only epidemiological criteria, in anticipation of a peak of contagions just days before the start of the election campaign and a peak of hospital pressure in the days before the vote," he said. the same source.

The Catalan government has as its main objectives "to minimize the risk on health and guarantee the right to vote for all citizens as well as to ensure the legitimacy of the electoral process". Faced with a hypothetical but foreseeable increase in abstention due to citizens' fear of the health context, “the legitimacy of the process is undermined”.

In this regard, the vice president of the Catalonian government, Pere Aragonès, underlines that “we postponed the elections until the next 30 May to minimize the epidemiological risk and ensure that the electoral process can be celebrated with a high demand for democratic quality ”.

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