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The commons appeal the count of the Electoral Board to include 150 votes to Colau

2023-06-04T20:12:36.761Z

Highlights: Barcelona en comú, the party of the acting mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, has appealed to the Electoral Board of the Zone. The appeal also asks that the null votes be opened and reviewed, but does not affect the date of the investiture of the future mayor, scheduled for June 17. Friday's count was important because – after Xavier Trias (Junts) in first place – the commons were third (with nine councilors) after the PSC (10 councilors), by just 141 ballots.


The appeal also asks that the null votes be opened and reviewed, but does not affect the date of the investiture of the future mayor, scheduled for June 17


The mayor of Barcelona and candidate of BComú, Ada Colau, after the results of the election night. Gianluca Battista

Barcelona en comú, the party of the acting mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, has appealed to the Electoral Board of the Zone the final count of the results of the municipal elections of the past 28-M so that they are attributed the 150 votes of an act of the district of Ciutat Vella that they believe were mistakenly given to Ciutadans. In the form to report the votes, the boxes of the parties of Ciutadans, Barcelona en comú and PACMA were consecutive and the commons understand that they erroneously awarded theirs to the orange party. The appeal to the Electoral Board does not affect the scheduled date of the investiture of the future mayor (July 17), which would only be affected if a judicial appeal were filed before the Contentious (then the investiture would be postponed to July 7).

Friday's count was important because – after Xavier Trias (Junts) in first place – the commons were third (with nine councilors) after the PSC (10 councilors) by just 141 ballots. Colau's party had hoped that if the final count put them in second place, it would have more legitimacy to lead the attempt to agree a tripartite pact between them, Socialists and ERC. But the recount widened the gap between the Commons and Socialists: from 141 votes to 342.

The party led by Colau had until midnight on Saturday to appeal the final recount of votes that was carried out on Friday in the Ciutat de la Justícia. The formation has reported that they did so late on Saturday, appealing to the Electoral Board of Zone, to detect some "material errors" in the tally sheet. The commons also ask that all envelopes of null votes be opened, because this time there were 6,400 (triple that in 2019) and during the final count a quarter are usually validated. This was the case of the previous municipal elections: of 2,013 null votes that were counted on election night, almost 500 were validated in the recount that takes place the following Friday.

After almost 10 hours of tense recount last Friday in the Electoral Board of Zone, in the City of Justice of Barcelona, the final results maintain the same distribution of councilors as last Sunday, May 28, so that Xavier Trias (Junts) is imposed with 11 councilors, followed by Jaume Collboni with 10 councilors and Colau with nine. Specifically, Barcelona en comú has now asked that the minutes of table 1-045-U, of Ciutat Vella, be considered valid, which reflects five votes for Citizens, 150 for them and four for PACMA, since they understand that it is "consistent" with the number of votes cast and that there are also two copies of minutes that validate it.

In the recount carried out last Friday by the Zone Electoral Board, a total of 1 votes were finally granted, in reference to table 045-4-U, to BComú and 150 to CS, which Colau's party attributes to a material error when skipping one of the columns. For this reason, BComú asks in its appeal that the results reflected in these minutes be considered valid -with 150 votes to Colau, 4 to PACMA and 5 to CS-, which were the ones that were given for good on election night and that were not taken into account last Friday in the count.

Having widened in last Friday's count the difference between the PSC and BComú to 342 votes, if this resource is accepted it would hardly entail a change in the current correlation of forces, unless new changes originated by eventual resources of other candidacies were added. According to BComú, their appeal is not a challenge and does not affect the date of the investiture, although they consider that they are within their rights to request clarification of the errors they believe there were in the count.

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Source: elparis

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