July 2, 2020

305 deputies have already asked for a telematic vote for the plenary session of Congress on the state of alarm

For Wednesday’s plenary session, in which five statutory decrees will be debated and voted in addition to the extension of the state of alarm, Congress had recommended generalizing telematic voting since the restrictions on movements ordered to try to combat the disease.

The initial idea expressed by the president of the Congress, Meritxell Batet, is that only a representation of the Mesa and the speakers of the parliamentary groups who had to intervene would go to the Palacio de la Carrera de San Jerónimo. To this end, a deadline was enabled until last Saturday to request remote voting and authorization was delegated in Batet.


Although there are still no definitive data, Congress already had 305 requests to vote online this Monday, which implies that it will once again be a specific plenary session with just forty parliamentarians in the chamber. Among the large groups, 109 requests have been received from among the 120 deputies of the PSOE; 79 of the 87 of the PP, 45 of the 52 of Vox, and 28 of the 35 of United We Can.

They have also asked to vote remotely 12 deputies of the 15 ERC, nine of the 10 of Ciudadanos, nine of the 12 of the Plural Group (Junts, Más País, Compromís and BNG), five of the six of the PNV, four of the five from Bildu and five from the Mixed Group (UPN, CC-NC, Foro, PRC and Teruel Exist).


In the agenda of the plenary session on Wednesday there are two statutory decrees prior to the coronavirus crisis, those relating to aid to the field and the repeal of dismissal for accumulated casualties; the three decrees of measures to mitigate the effects of Covid-19; and the 15-day extension of the alarm status.

The deputies must vote the validation or repeal of the five decrees, but also whether or not they are debated as bills that may be modified, as well as the extension of the state of alarm and the proposals that the groups may present to define their scope.


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