October 24, 2020

Elections in Galicia and Euskadi, live

09:04 h

The electoral colleges of Galicia and the Basque Country open

The electoral colleges opened their doors in Euskadi and Galicia just a few minutes ago, at 9:00. The two electoral processes are held with the specter of abstention hovering around a call for the first time in summer and with protection protocols against similar infections, which seek to promote voting with maximum security.

In Euskadi, with 42 additional centers to avoid crowds, the total rises to 761. As for the electoral tables, there are 2,678, more than in 2016, but less than in 2012. To attend them, 8,034 had to be mobilized persons. There is also a special device for 3,500 people, including technicians, computer scientists, police and emergency personnel.

“We have not had temperature controls and there are no marks on the floor,” complains Beatriz, a member of a table in Getxo, in the Muxikebarri center. In Ordizia, on the other hand, thermometers have been used to make up the tables and there are marked circuits.

Iker Rioja and Rubén Pereda write.

08:45 h

The figures of the elections in Euskadi: more women candidates, more vote by mail and less foreign vote

Euskadi decides this Sunday. Out of a population of 2,207,776 people, 1,794,313 have the right to vote, although around 160 with an active coronavirus infection are forced to stay home. They are 10,899 more voters than in the autonomic ones of 2016. Of them, 69,158 choose Lehendakari for the first time and 12,357 have turned 18 between November -when the last elections were held- and this July 12.

78,852 of these voters live abroad, many more than the 43,712 of the 2009 census (CERA). However, added to the habitual difficulties of the voting system requested to those of the pandemic, requests from other countries have been minimized. There are 2,522 and a thousand votes are expected, when in 2012 they were 6,320 and in 2016 4,727. The heads of the Security Department, in charge of the electoral processes, assume that no voter from areas such as Cuba or Venezuela will be able to exercise their right and also allude to difficulties in Argentina, the United Kingdom and other places.

Iker Rioja and Rubén Pereda write.

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08:35 h

Guide to the most discussed Galician elections

Galicia faces its regional elections this July 12 in a health context complicated by the coronavirus outbreak in A Mariña (Lugo) that has kept 70,000 people confined during the voting week. Isolation for voting day will continue in force for the inhabitants of Burela, focus of the outbreak, and gradually in the rest of the municipalities of the region. This guide aims to answer some of the questions about the day of the elections, to which the Galicians come in an unprecedented context to choose the next leader of the Xunta de Galicia.

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08:31 h

The virus that changed our lives tests governments in Galicia and the Basque Country

Presidents of table to meter and a half of the vowels, masks, dispensers of hydroalcoholic gels next to the ballots, booths without curtains, marks on the ground to avoid crowds and even tents that will serve as an electoral college. Voting in times of a pandemic has these things, plus many others. The virus has dominated our lives, politics and even electoral processes, but what does not seem to change is the sign of the Basque and Galician governments.

The elections this Sunday will be the first that Spain will hold under the impact of COVID-19 and, although the polls rule out a turnaround in both communities, it is perceived fear of low participation as a consequence of the outbreaks detected in both territories. In the last week the uncertainty about the results has increased. Not so much as to change the color of the governments, but so that those who come out as “favorites” – the PNV in Euskadi and the PP, in Galicia – hold their breath until the last minute. Much more Alberto Núñez Feijóo than Íñigo Urkullu. Not in vain or the PP candidate wins by an absolute majority – which would be his fourth – or he will have to leave the Xunta before the impossibility of weaving any alliance with the rest of the parliamentary arch. It is enough for the Lehendakari to join with his PSE partners to reissue the current government coalition, and that does not seem to be in doubt.

Esther Palomera writes.

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