Pressure from the 140 prison officials who are candidates in the 28M municipal elections, as well as a report from the General Directorate of Public Celebrations, forced the Justice Department of the Generalitat of Catalonia to back down in its attempt to limit permissions granted for campaigning Have done , depending on the needs of the prison service. Curiously, one zone electoral board agreed with Justice and supported the new requirements. But sources in the department assure Kronika Global that the situation of public function prevails and hence, they have instructed all penal centers to maintain order as usual.
The controversy began on 11 May, a day before the start of the election campaign, when the Ministry of Justice sent instructions to the human resources units of Catalan prisons about 15 days of leave, with officers included in the 28M list. A total of 140 employees had requested for it. Until now, it was only necessary to publish the candidature in the Official Gazette of the province. But on occasion, “a certificate from the party or candidacy concerned with a calendar of activities including the days and hours in which the public servant must participate” was also required.
Depending on the officer’s position in the electoral lists, whether he is a candidate or a substitute, and the job position, day and service requirements held by the prison employee, the administration may assess its concession.
The justices’ legal report, which supported the measure, which this outlet had access to, indicated that “although permission cannot be denied ab initio as it is optional, it should be limited to the time required for compliance”. as it is appropriate and recognized by the applicant himself, who is responsible for determining when and whether he needs a job distribution permit”.
The report also found it necessary to consider “the effect that the enjoyment of the permit may have on the public service, and particularly in those considered to be of an essential nature, such as the prison environment. In order that the exercise may be carried out in an inspired manner and Can be limited under the discretion of the administration, but without arriving at any arbitrary decision.
“Violation of rights”
Gemma Ubsart, head of the department, has put the UGT, CCOO and CSIF on a war footing for what she describes as “a breach of their electoral rights” and the result of a structural problem in prison services. Staff shortage: The unions, invoking previous proposals of the Central Election Board, approached the General Directorate of Prison Administration and Public Ceremonies, which agreed with the authorities in a report requested by the justice. For its part, the Association of Penitentiary Institutions Administration Corps (ACAIP) filed complaints with election boards for this attempt to “monitor” the campaign activity of candidates.
In view of the scandal generated, sources in the Ministry of Justice have explained to Medium that they have reversed those instructions and that the official will only be asked to publish the candidacy in the province’s official gazette, as was done until now.
Bizarrely, the Vilanova i la Geltru Electoral Board issued a resolution endorsing the new demands initially proposed by the government. In his opinion, the permit “does not necessarily extend to the full 15 days that the election campaign takes place, and the administration for which the candidate acts as a public official may put the burden on him to indicate those events or activities which justify his presence.For the expedition, provided that it is not accompanied by formalities or excessive requirements which make the exercise of the permit impractical.