Schedules and recommendations for voters
For those who come to vote at their school on F 14, the Generalitat has asked to follow a series of recommendations. Three time slots have been set for voting: from 9:00 a.m. at 12: 00h. the elderly and risk groups are asked to vote. From noon to 7:00 p.m., the rest of the population, and during the last hour, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., it is recommended that those infected and close contacts go to schools. As a general rule, the Government has been able to vote alone, although the elderly who require assistance may be accompanied.
Before going to school, the Generalitat recommends downloading the 'Eleccions 14-F' application on your mobile phone, which will allow you to check in real time the influx of people in each polling station to avoid crowds and queues. In case of having to wait, the Government asks for common sense and respect the safety distance. Once in front of the table, the voter will deposit their ID on a tray and lower their mask so that the president can verify their identity. And then the envelope can be deposited in the ballot box.
Those who will get rid of the queues are the 284,706 Catalans who have voted by mail, an absolute record in an election to Parliament and which represents 350% more postal votes than in the 2017 elections. They will be able to wait for the results without having to go to school on Sunday. Of course, they will not be able to leave their region, forced by the coronavirus restrictions.
Oriol Solé writes.
Doubts about the tables and the protocols to vote safely mark the 14F
With a number of infections less than expected Y three games in contention for victory, neither the Generalitat nor the Electoral Boards foresee a scenario of massive insubordination that makes voting impossible, although it will not be possible until early this Sunday morning to verify whether all the polling stations have been constituted correctly.
"Elections can be held normally," says Magistrate Diego Álvarez, president of the Electoral Board of Reus, the tenth city in Catalonia in number of inhabitants. "Ten days ago there were perhaps more doubts, but this week the path to a normal vote has been consolidated," adds the magistrate, who points out that the first key moment of the 14F will be at 8:00 am. in the morning. At that time, the incumbents and alternates of the polling stations are called to appear in the schools. In parallel, the judges that make up the 31 Zone Electoral Boards of all Catalonia will be meeting to receive and solve possible incidents.
Oriol Solé tells it.
The 'procés' generation, at the polls: "I will vote taking into account the management of the pandemic"
Laia, Luis, Irene, Pelayo, Carla, Lucas, Laura, Neo, Rita ... There are nine of the 171,580 young people who are called to vote for the first time in elections in Catalonia since the last general elections, in November 2019. Yes one looks further back, until the last autonomous regions of December 2017, one of the peak moments of the procés, there are 423,336 new voters. Almost half a million young people who will be able to express their opinion for the first time in a Catalan election.
His is a generation that lived on October 1 between adolescence and the transition to adulthood. And despite what has happened in recent years and the violent protests over the procés sentence, it does not seem that independence is among their main concerns. At least those who have attended this newspaper. They talk about education, feminism and, of course, the pandemic, with restrictions that have forced them to avoid contacts right in one of the vital stages of greatest activity.
Sònia Calvo tells it.
The independence movement is at stake and Salvador Illa, too
The only easy forecast to get right this Sunday in Catalonia is that it will rain and that it will do so especially in the morning and more so in the coastal area. There is another prediction in which the possibility of guessing is very high: Ciudadanos will not only cease to be the first force of the Parliament but may be left with less than a third of the current deputies. A new and not a small problem for Inés Arrimadas, the winner of 21-D, who preferred to go to Madrid and to whom Albert Rivera more than a match left a minefield.
Predicting that Ciudadanos will not win again is easy, what is more risky is knowing which game will arrive first this time. There goes the first question: Victory in votes or in seats? It is not a minor issue and there are precedents. In 1999, Pasqual Maragall won in votes but Artur Mas did in seats. Then there was no electoral law of its own and more than two decades later it still does not exist. Catalonia is still governed by the Organic Law of the General Electoral Regime (LOREG) and that implies an over-representation of the provinces where independence is strongest. So to Salvador Illa what could happen to Maragall, who arrives first but is not the one who obtains the most deputies.
Write Neus Tomàs.
The 14F opens an uncertain scenario on the stability of the Government of Sánchez
What happens in Catalunya never stays in Catalunya. This Sunday the vote is taken and the result that comes out of the polls will have an effect on Spanish politics. On the Government of Pedro Sánchez, without a doubt. About United We Can. On Pablo Casado's PP. On the tightrope that Ciudadanos has been walking for a long time. On the position that Vox occupies in the block on the right. On the future of the fragmented independence movement. And on the possible ways of solving the territorial conflict that Spain has dragged on for too many years.
Everything is up in the air and participation, which is expected to be the lowest in the last calls, will largely determine a result before which in La Moncloa they hold their breath due to the consequences that possible post-election pacts may have on the stability of the Government. Sánchez is playing so much at stake in these elections that his own chief of staff, Iván Redondo, and his deputy, Francisco Salazar, have settled in Barcelona this past week to pilot the campaign of Salvador Illa, who aspires to reach the top of the podium, that is, to become the first political force.
Esther Palomera and Irene Castro write.
We start this political minute very early to relate everything that happens in Catalonia. From there, the entire team will be focused on narrating the election day with all the news: at what time the candidates have voted, how the participation has been and what happens with the results.
From Madrid, the Politics, Editing, Networks and Video teams will join forces in the story of this historic day, due to the pandemic, and tighter than ever. Polls predict an increase in abstention of up to 20 points, something that changes the expectations of PSC, ERC and Junts, who reached the end of the campaign in a triple tie.
One of the great unknowns for this day will be revealed soon: the constitution of the tables. The pandemic has caused uncertainty about how many of those called to be part of them will decide not to go out of fear of the virus. In the next few minutes we will be able to see how this affects the opening of schools.
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