Prosecutors have asked the Constitutional Court to reject a complaint by the PSOE asking for a review of 30,000 invalid votes in the last general election in Madrid. There is no “unconditional right” for the Public Ministry to review invalid votes, and it maintains that failure to do so does not violate the rights of Pedro Sánchez’s party. In the previous stages, when PSOE’s appeal was considered in the Supreme Court, the prosecutor’s office took the opposite decision and demanded its “full evaluation”.
The PSOE unsuccessfully appealed to the Electoral College and the Supreme Court to annul the 30,000 votes cast from the last Madrid election. The goal: to get just over the 1,300 votes Pedro Sánchez’s party needs to win another seat in Congress for Madrid, and that the arithmetic of the possible investment is more favorable: one more seat PSOE would need just to fend off the junta. And not their positive vote.
The Constitutional Court accepted PSOE’s complaint for consideration and plans to decide the merits of the case first thing tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, the judges rejected the PP’s request that one of the judges, the progressive Laura Diez, be removed from the trial because she was appointed at the government’s suggestion in the recent partial renewal of the Court of Guarantee.
The prosecutor’s office supported the PSOE’s lawsuit when its appeals were heard in the Supreme Court, and now it is changing the meaning of the appeal and asking the Constitutional Court to reject the appeal. For the Public Ministry, the PSOE is trying to ensure that the review of invalid votes is considered a fundamental right, which is not possible under this document.
PSOE’s complaint was primarily based on the decision of the Constitutional Court itself. which in 2015 agreed with Izquierda Unida and ordered a repeat of the observation of the regional elections in Extremadura. The political party is less than 1,000 votes away from entering parliament in Badajoz, and the Constitutional Court has accepted a new review of the invalidation of more than 7,000 ballots. For the Prosecutor’s Office, this resolution resolved a specific case and not a generalized, unrestricted right to review election results.
The court will issue an answer on Tuesday
The second chamber of the Constitutional Court, which consists of four progressive and two conservative magistrates, announced that it will start its deliberations at nine o’clock tomorrow morning. The decision will be crucial to the negotiations between the PSOE and the Junts for the possible investment of Pedro Sánchez: if the count adds more than 1,300 votes in favor of the PSOE, it will add another seat in the lower house and need only to abstain. And not a favorable vote. , from the Catalan Independence Party.
Talks focused on a possible amnesty that would end criminal proceedings against pro-independence political officials who have been tried or convicted for their role in any phase of the Catalan process. ERC Generalitat President Pere Aragonés said this weekend that amnesty “doesn’t solve the conflict by itself” and pointed to the independence referendum. As a “precondition” for Sánchez’s investiture, Carles Puigdemont demanded amnesty and a rapporteur from Brussels.
Source: El Diario