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Andalusian left candidate faces litigation over lack of Podemos signature on register

The joint candidacy of the Andalusian left in the June 19 elections, registered around midnight on Friday under the brand name “For Andalusia” (PorA), was marked by its members not with fireworks, but with crossfire. Just minutes after the confirmation of the emergency agreement between Podemos and IU, the main partners, a merger took place, aggravated by mutual distrust and legal confusion in registering the brand in front of the Andalusian Electoral Commission.

The “purple” formation, which brought the negotiations to an end in order to achieve greater political weight within the coalition, was excluded from the register at the last moment. The joint candidacy, which was registered at 23:57 – three minutes before the legal deadline – consists of four of the six parties involved: IU, Más País, Equo and the Andalusian People’s Initiative.

Podemos and Alianza Verde were excluded, although the purple formation ensures that their political agreement with IU prevails, and the lack of their signature on the register is an “administrative stumbling block” that they will attempt to resolve by filing an appeal with the Electoral Commission to achieve their entry. From IU, they also downplay the absence of Podemos and point out that the key is that a political pact has been reached.

According to credible legal sources, the appeal route shows little sign of prosperity because it serves to correct formalities in the drafting of the electoral coalition’s internal rules, rather than to replace it with another with a larger membership. But the underlying issue is far more complex: the bilateral political agreement between Podemos and IU, unveiled Friday night by the purple formation, conflicts with some sections of the coalition pact previously signed by IU, Más País, Equo and Initiative, which is the only one valid before the Electoral Commission.

With the two documents in hand, noticeable differences are felt in terms of the governing bodies of the parliamentary group, the distribution of functions and, above all, the distribution of electoral subsidies and campaign spending. The pact that the national leadership of Podemos has made to the last degree with the IU through the mediation of the vice-president of the government, Yolanda Diaz, does not have the consensus of Más Pais and the rest of the “Por Andalucia”.

Logo without Podemos

In addition, the coalition’s new branding is accompanied by a logo that shows the names of the four signatory parties under a rainbow, but not Podemos or Alianza Verde. According to the interviewed experts, it is practically impossible to change this logo later from a legal point of view. If the Purple Formation’s resources flourish – an unlikely scenario according to these sources – this could conflict with a previous agreement that IU signed with Más Pais and the other two formations.

If he does not succeed, Podemos will only be an outside guest in the coalition, his candidates will appear on the ballot as “independents”, they will not have direct access to funding, and their reserve to claim what was agreed in the political agreement with the IU will be very small: neither political weight in the provincial headlining candidates in four of the eight districts, nor control over economic resources (60% of electoral subsidies), which do not legally correspond to them, as they are not part of Coalition sources explain the litigation, warning, that the case can reach the Accounts Chamber.

In the meantime, members of the left coalition are calling for calm and believe that everything will change in the coming days. The deadline for submitting provincial candidate lists is May 16. The circumstance is that of the six parties that agreed to merge, only Podemos Andalucía had previously registered a general representative with the Central Electoral Commission, so that he is still on time and able to attend the Andalusian elections alone. “Such a scenario is not currently being considered,” the party leadership explains.

The birth of the great left coalition has generated more skepticism and doubt than hope. Most veterans throw their heads in their hands, claim they’ve never seen anything like it, and consider the merger “stillborn.” For Andalusia, this is the vanguard of the “broad front” that Yolanda Diaz champions as a blueprint for the country’s future, but breaks into the campaign with all the polls pushing Juan Manuel Moreno’s PP to the brink of an absolute majority. [55 escaños]and in full swing is the Vox candidate, Macarena Olona.

In 2018, the options to the left of the Andalusian PSOE passed a unified vote – Adelante Andalusia led by Teresa Rodríguez – with 16.18% of the vote: 17 deputies and 584,040 votes. That first left-wing coalition was blown up, 11 deputies were expelled for “defectors”, including Rodriguez herself, who is repeated in these elections alone. The forecast that drives the new merger is no more than 7 or 8% validation at present, according to negotiating sources, but they hope to double the numbers during the campaign.

late for registration

12 hours after the mess, there is no unanimous version of what happened in those last minutes before the Electoral Commission: IU and Más País claim that the Podemos “did not arrive on time to register”, despite all their calls to send the signature of their legal representatives necessary for entry to the coalition.

The Purple Party, on the other hand, claims that they submitted their electronic signature on time, that their physical presence on the register was not required – it was on the second floor of the Andalusian parliament – and that it was a last-minute disagreement over the terms of the agreement between them and IU in which they did not participate “against their will”.

One of the problems with understanding this confusion is that the six parties have been negotiating a coalition for eight months, but in the last phase the dialogue was limited to IU and Podemos, with the active presence of their national leaders. At stake was a candidate for the presidency of the Council – finally selected Inma Nieto, IU MP and representative of United We Can in the Chamber – campaign poster distribution in eight provinces, distribution of economic resources, campaign costs and technical staff that each party will hire , and even the positions they will occupy in the parliamentary extraction bodies.

Yolanda Diaz vs Podemos

But also at stake was the hegemony of the progressive space in Spain, which is contested on a delayed basis and through the Andalusian pulse between Vice President Yolanda Diaz and the current leadership of Podemos, still under the aura of Pablo Iglesias. What opened up the joint candidacy around midnight was the intervention of Diaz, who moved from an initial cautious distancing from the Andalusian process to a more active involvement following his call for unity and his photo with Inma Nieto at the Seville fair.

The purple formation claims to have sent the document of their agreement with the IU attached to the coalition registration form to the election commission at 23:29. IU confirms that the offer came to them through Josep Vendrell, a confidant of Yolanda Diaz. At 23:38 IU regional coordinator Tony Valero approved this document, which will finally be distributed to the press.

The problem is that Podemos wanted the political agreement with the IU to appear in coalition form before the Electoral Commission, which is not essential but could appear in a special section for “political articles,” parliamentary sources explain. IU did not consider it necessary: ​​”because it is not legally binding, but only political in nature.”

And Más País disagrees even more and points in the other direction: “The document that Podemos sent us changed the coordinating body of an already agreed coalition, added things and removed other things that were already agreed by the four signatory forces. Even if it came to the register on time, which did not happen, we were not going to certify the document that they did not agree with us and in which, however, our signature appeared, because they inserted it into the form of the previous coalition, the sources of the Errechonist party explain , emphasizing that the main problem is not legal, technical or administrative, but political.

Two additional agreements

Within 12 hours of announcing the agreement and registering as a coalition, Podemos and IU have found themselves in a crossroads of versions and accusations that overshadow all the political significance and electoral expectations they could have invested in this alliance. The Electoral Commission of Andalusia explains that neither the Podemos version nor the IU version is decisive: the registration of the coalition does not have to be face-to-face, as argued by IU and Más País, who had their proxies in parliament from ten in the morning until the deadline expired , at twelve o’clock at night. The vast majority of political parties and coalitions that registered to participate in the Andalusian elections did so electronically by sending a digitally signed email.

However, the Electoral Commission also denies that “IU should have registered the coalition because the candidate was theirs,” as Podemos defends. The founding document of the Coalition for Andalusia does not include the name of Inma Nieto, and the Electoral Commission explains that there is no reason for this. The logo of the four signatory formations appears and an agreed distribution of positions in the governing bodies: six from IU, three from Más País, two from Equo and one from the Andalusian People’s Initiative. The 15-page text includes internal operating rules, such as how to make political decisions in the event of disagreement between the parties or a tie.

With regard to the distribution of electoral subsidies, the coalition agreement registered by the four factions does not say the same thing as the pact concluded later between Podemos and IU. The first states that the distribution of campaign money “will be based on the percentage of economic contribution of each coalition party in accordance with the campaign budget, which will be approved by the Coordinating Group. provided that when the electoral subsidy covers 100% of the costs incurred.” In the agreement between Podemos and the IU, parliamentary and extra-parliamentary resources are shared 60% for Podemos and 40% for the IU, with campaign costs and subsequent subsidies 50% each.

The section that establishes how the working groups of the Adelante coalition and the parliamentary group are set up also presents a big difference with the agreement reached in extreme cases between Podemos and IU, which distributes advisers and staff by 60-40%.

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