Regional Elections begin in Catalonia with few incidents

Regional Elections begin in Catalonia with few incidents

Catalan citizens began to vote at 9 a.m. (8 a.m. GMT) with few incidents in regional elections, after some of its members claimed not to be present at many polling stations, due to the pandemic.

In total, more than 33,000 people, and 38% of the elected members presented allegations not to be part of the tables, the majority people over 65 years of age who were appointed and replaced by alternates.
In Spain, the members of the electoral tables are chosen by lot and it is an obligation to attend, unless they present allegations and are accepted by the electoral board.
This Sunday, 5.5 million Catalans are called to the polls, amid important security measures to prevent coronavirus infections.
According to information from the Catalan Government, five minutes before 9 in the morning the constitution of almost 70% of the polling stations had already been reported to the Electoral Board.
On this occasion, and to guarantee the right to vote in times of pandemic, the number of polling stations throughout the region was expanded, but especially in the capital, Barcelona, ​​where other spaces have been added to the traditional educational centers, including ten municipal markets and 23 sports halls.
In addition, they recommend that the elderly and the most vulnerable go to vote in the first three hours and that infected and quarantined people do so in the last and then the protection of the polling station members will be reinforced.
Likewise, the polling stations will have personnel to control the orderly access of the voters, guarantee the use of the mask and ensure the hygiene of the voters’ hands.
In all polling stations the measures of a meter and a half distance between voters and between the members of the polls are maintained, which will be separated from each other by two meters, and continued cleaning to disinfect the premises.
In these elections the 135 deputies of the Catalan Parliament will be elected, from which the next president of the regional government will emerge.
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