The Central Electoral Board (JEC) has agreed this Thursday that it is a valid excuse not to be part of a polling station when it involves the cancellation of a trip or vacation stay, contracted before the call for the 23J elections, and there is economic or represent a serious disorder. At its meeting today, the JEC has approved an instruction in which it asks the Zone Electoral Boards (JEZ) to accept these terms as valid allegations.
“If election day coincided with a trip or stay of a vacation nature, which was contracted before the date of calling the elections, whose cancellation caused economic damage or serious disruption to the applicant, it can be considered as an excuse by the JEZ , provided that the full integration of the tables is ensured and that the due advance notice of the contract is documented, as well as the economic damage or serious disruption alleged”, the resolution states.
before May 30
The Central Electoral Board (JEC) has agreed to exempt voters who have booked their vacations from the polling stations before May 30, the date on which the July general elections were officially called, while supporting the requirements to vote by mail.
Given the coincidence of the electoral advance with the vacation period of many citizens, the JEC has also decided to approve an ex officio instruction that considers as a valid excuse for not being part of the polling stations having hired before the date of the election call a holiday stay, or if the day coincides with that displacement.
If the cancellation causes economic damage or serious disruption to the applicant “it can be considered as an excuse” by the Zone Electoral Boards (JEZ) “provided that the full integration of the tables is ensured.”
The draw to be held by the municipalities for the formation of the tables will be between June 24 and 28 and the notification will be made within a period of three days from that draw. The voters will have seven days to carry out their allegations, which will be resolved five days after their presentation.
The two new resolutions of the JEC go beyond what is established in the Organic Law of the General Electoral Regime (LOREG) and the decision to admit new allegations for not going to a polling station on the occasion of the holidays has come after the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) asked on May 30 to make the criteria more flexible because “holidays are a family event of special relevance and that cannot be postponed.”
“Otherwise, it can cause significant economic damage,” argued the OCU, which called on the Zone Electoral Boards to act in this way to avoid an avalanche of claims for cancellation of trips.