The PSOE candidate and Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the second vice president and Sumar candidate, Yolanda Díaz, have given two separate interviews to Cadena Ser and Antena 3 in which they have agreed to criticize the statements altered by the leader of the Popular Party, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, on voting by mail, in which he encouraged Post Office employees to work overtime to distribute the entire vote, even if it was against the direction of their superiors.
Sánchez has guaranteed this Thursday that the process of the general elections on July 23 will be “clean, as always” and has accused Feijóo of questioning the vote by mail to “muddy the political debate” and create “disaffection” so that citizens do not vote. In his opinion, it is a smoke screen to divert attention from what interests the citizens, in his opinion the proposals of each party and that seeks to create “disaffection so that people do not go to vote and mistrust the electoral process”. In addition, he has denied giving orders to make voting by mail more difficult.
“As president, I guarantee that Spain is going to have a clean democratic process, as we have always had. Spain is a full, robust democracy, which is in the best rankings for democratic quality”, stressed the head of the Executive. He did it when asked about the fact that Feijóo, at a rally yesterday in Murcia, asked the postmen to work “tomorrow, day and night” to deliver the vote by mail, since this Thursday is the last day to request it , also committing to pay them overtime if he governs for “fulfilling his duty.”
Sánchez has expressed his chest that the Government has made it easier for these elections to vote by mail by allowing it to be requested electronically, as well as that thanks to the reform of the requested vote, Spaniards living abroad will have an easier time voting. “I am not going to get into that mud of the PP and Feijóo. They are in it not to talk about what matters to the citizens and to try to hide two new governments with Vox,” he concluded.
Along the same lines, Yolanda Díaz, in an interview with Espejó Público, has called for respect for the work of Post Office employees and has underlined the seriousness of this type of statement, which threatens to call the electoral process into question.
Feijóo defends that he has not spoken of “pucherazo”
For his part, Feijóo has assured this Thursday that they cannot be “stingy with no resources” in voting by mail because it is about “not a single vote remaining in a mailbox.” For this reason, he has once again asked the postmen who worked “morning and afternoon” so that these votes reach people’s homes. “Here no one talks about pot-punching, here what is being talked about is the demonstrations of the CCOO and UGT, who know what they are saying, who see the traffic jam that is taking place.”
The ‘popular’ leader has added that this complaint has not been “invented”, but that “many citizens” have told him on the street and that there are even two people from his team who asked for voting by mail at the end of June and they dont have it. In an interview on esRadio, Feijóo has indicated that the Post Office staff has increased, but the unions say that it is “insufficient”, for which he has asked the postmen who worked even outside their shift so that “no vote remains in the mailroom.”
When asked if the PP would be in a position to challenge the electoral result or denounce what happened on July 23 if that were a general situation, Feijóo said that the PP does not want to “contemplate that scenario” because it would be “enormous “political and legal significance”. He has insisted that what his party is asking for since Thursday is that the postmen, due to personal and professional responsibility, worked “above hours”, regardless of whether they are not authorized from the point of view remunerative view In fact, he has reiterated that he is willing to pay overtime if he governs to guarantee that vote by mail.
Correos has hired 19,985 reinforcement people
Correos has confirmed that it has already formalized 19,985 reinforcement contracts for the development of activities related to voting by mail for the general elections on July 23. In a statement, the postal entity assures that it will continue hiring “all the troops that are necessary to guarantee” the vote by mail for 23-J.
Add that in these reinforcement contracts you have taken into account the increase in the number of applications for voting by mail received and the coincidence of the electoral period with the summer holidays. In addition, he ensures that he has covered all the staff vacations during the month of July. The postal company recalls that the contracts have been used to reinforce all its services, such as customer service in offices, the distribution network and delivery of shipments, transport and logistics centers.