The Prosecutor’s Office asked the Constitutional Court to reject the appeal in which the PSOE requested the review of 30,000 invalid votes in Madrid in the last general election. For the Public Ministry, there is no “unconditional right” to have invalid votes reviewed and it defends that not doing so does not violate the rights of Pedro Sánchez’s party. In previous rounds, when the PSOE’s appeal was processed before the Supreme Court, the Prosecutor’s Office decided in the opposite direction by requesting a “full estimate.”
The Constitutional Court accepted the PSOE’s appeal and will decide next week whether to review the 30,000 null votes in Madrid
The PSOE unsuccessfully asked the Electoral Board and the Supreme Court that 30,000 votes from the previous elections in Madrid that were declared null be reviewed. The goal: to get a little more than 1,300 votes that the party of Pedro Sánchez needs to get another seat for Madrid in Congress and that the arithmetic for a possible investment is very kind: that there is a another seat, the PSOE just needs to avoid the Junts. and not their favorable vote.
The Constitutional Court accepted the PSOE’s appeal for processing and plans to resolve the substance of the matter first thing tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, the judges rejected the PP’s request that one of the judges, the progressive Laura Díez, be removed from the deliberations due to the appointment of the Government’s proposal to the final partial renewal of the guarantee court.
The Prosecutor’s Office supported the PSOE’s claim when it processed its claims before the Supreme Court, but now it has changed the meaning of its brief and asked the Constitutional Court to dismiss the appeal. For the Public Ministry, the PSOE is trying to ensure that the review of null votes is considered a fundamental right, which according to this document is not possible.
PSOE’s appeal is based, above all, on a decision from the same Constitutional Court that in 2015 ruled in favor of Izquierda Unida and ordered a recount of the regional elections in Extremadura. The political party has less than 1,000 votes in Badajoz from entering the Parliament and the Constitutional Court accepted a new review of more than 7,000 ballots that were declared invalid. For the Prosecutor’s Office, that decision resolves a specific case and not a general, unlimited right to review election results.
The court will respond on Tuesday
The second chamber of the Constitutional Court, made up of four progressive and two conservative justices, announced that tomorrow the deliberations will begin at nine in the morning. The decision is key for the negotiations between PSOE and Junts for a possible investiture of Pedro Sánchez: if the count adds more than 1,300 votes in favor of PSOE, it will add one more seat in the lower house and will require only an abstention, and an unfavorable vote. , from the Catalan independence party.
Negotiations are focused on a possible amnesty that closes the criminal judicial process against pro-independence political officials tried or convicted for their role in any phases of the Catalan process. Pere Aragonès, president of the Generalitat for the ERC, declared this weekend that the amnesty “in itself does not solve the conflict” and pointed to a referendum on independence. As a “precondition” for a Sánchez investiture, Carles Puigdemont asked for amnesty and a rapporteur from Brussels.