The decision of the Spanish authorities to exclude people infected with the coronavirus from tomorrow’s regional elections in the Basque Country and Galicia caused public anger and a number of media and experts called the measure unconstitutional, BTA reported, citing DPA.
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The decision affects about 500 people who were notified by letter from the authorities that the deadline for voting by mail had expired. Excluded are not only those infected, quarantined, but also those who are registered as infected but asymptomatic, as well as those who have symptoms of KOVID-19 and have given a PCR test, but are still waiting for the result, the agency explains. . Andres Betancor, a professor of administrative law at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, called the decision “monstrous” in an interview with the Mundo newspaper and said quarantined citizens should be guaranteed the right to vote. Constitutional lawyer Xavier Arbos called the decision “absolutely unconstitutional”. “Kovid is violating the election law,” reads a headline in. A “confidential” and an editorial in Mundo called on the authorities to ensure that those affected have an alternative safe way to vote. A change of government is not expected to follow the vote in both autonomous regions, the DPA added.
People with an active PCR-positive coronavirus infection in the last 14 days cannot go to the polls, Basque Country regional health chief Nekane Murga was quoted as saying by Reuters yesterday.
According to her, there are about 200 such cases in the region, and people waiting for a test result are also unable to leave their homes.
There are 259 people in Galicia – active cases of the coronavirus, who also cannot go out to vote. Authorities did not specify what mechanisms they have to prevent infected people from going to the polls anyway, Reuters notes. Although a postal vote is an option in both regions, authorities could not say how many people in isolation have arranged for them to vote remotely, the agency added.
Both autonomous regions had scheduled their elections for April, but postponed them to July 12th after Spain quarantined in early March.. National restrictions were lifted on June 21st, but a sudden spike in new outbreaks prompted authorities to impose local quarantines in the Basque Country, Galicia and Catalonia.
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