January 27, 2021

The Congress receives tomorrow the Council of Spaniards Abroad to continue studying alternatives to the vow prayed

The Congress receives tomorrow the Council of Spaniards Abroad to continue studying alternatives to the vow prayed

Two weeks ago, the Government of Pedro Sanchez transferred to the subcommittee of the Lower House that is studying a possible reform of the Electoral Law a report with its suggestions to end the vow prayed.

And now the subcommission will receive a joint appearance of different members of the aforementioned Council, headed by its president, Eduardo Dizy Sánchez, who will expose their lordships the prayers and demands of the Spanish residents outside our borders before each election.

Some testimonies that could help the deputies during the drafting of possible solutions to the formula of the begged vote, which will work on the basis of the report that the Executive sent them and that, initially, was well received, although it has not yet begun to work on it officially.


In this report, prepared in the last month by technicians of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Migrations with the spokesman of the PSOE in that commission, Gregorio Cámara, is part of the elimination of the request of the vote, which forces voters who live in the foreigner previously request the vote in each convocation of general, regional and European.

Specifically, the Government and the PSOE establish that Spaniards residing abroad receive all the electoral documentation "with enough time" to be able to vote –in concrete they believe that "17 days" can be won -, and that a blank ballot where you can write your political option.

The voters will have to wait to know all the candidacies, which will be provided through the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by telephone or through the corresponding consular office, before being able to cast their vote.

In addition, they will have two options, as up to now, to be able to vote: either go in person to the Consulate, for which they will have four days instead of two as currently, or do it by ordinary mail, without the requirement that it be certified, thus guaranteeing " Absolute gratuity "of the vote. In both cases, the vote will be certified with a stamp.


Also, the proposal drafted by the Executive and the PSOE establishes that the law enables the Government to modify, in collaboration with the Central Electoral Board (JEC), an exclusive procedure in those countries where it is not possible to follow the general procedure established.

The idea is that changes in the Electoral Law regarding the vote of Spaniards abroad can be ready for the European and regional elections next spring – as President Pedro Sánchez suggested. For this, the electoral reform in this aspect should be concluded, at the latest, in January, according to the PSOE.


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