15 Jan Barcelona presidential elections postponed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic
Barcelona’s presidential elections scheduled for Jan. 24 have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A choice was taken on Friday following a gathering between the membership and the federal government.
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A membership assertion learn: “Catalan Authorities and FC Barcelona have held a digital working assembly to deal with the holding of the elections for President and Board of Administrators of the sports activities entity within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In the midst of the assembly, the federal government has conveyed to the membership that the present epidemiological state of affairs doesn’t make it doable to authorise the motion outdoors the municipality to members who should not have a polling station of their municipality on Jan. 24, given the excessive mobility this may entail.
“For its part, the club has stated the impossibility of holding elections on the scheduled date due to mobility restrictions decreed by the Catalan Government in the current context of pandemic, which is why the date of the elections must be delayed.”
A second meeting will take place on Friday evening between acting president Carles Tusquets, and the three presidential candidates, Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa to discuss a new potential date.
Barca announced on Thursday that ex-vice president Emili Rousaud had withdrawn his bid to stand for election, leaving just Laporta, Font and Freixa in the race.
Laporta, who was the Barca president between 2003 and 2010, had 9,625 members signatures verified by the club — almost double that of nearest candidate Font — was against the postponement.
“t would be a serious mistake,” Laporta said ahead of Friday’s meeting. “Mechanisms have been established so that it does not affect, and members can vote with a democratic and sanitary guarantee. I hope they can vote because that is what all Barcelona fans want.”
Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned as Barca president on Oct. 29 ahead of facing a fans’ vote of confidence on his future at the club.
Barca agreed with the Catalan government on Nov. 30 to hold the elections on Jan. 24, selecting 10 electoral voting locations.
However, with Spain enduring a third wave of COVID-19 and cases escalating and additional restrictions introduced in Catalunya to lessen the spread of the virus, the choice has been taken to postpone the election.
Font, in favour of the transfer, mentioned he had prompt to the membership to maneuver elections ahead.
“Contemplating that mail voting shouldn’t be allowed, and you may’t even vote in your personal municipality, we requested the membership in a letter to advance the elections,” he mentioned earlier this week.
“Nothing was finished by the membership. Now we discover ourselves in a really worrying state of affairs from a well being standpoint. What is obvious is that proper now, you can not have the elections on Jan. 24. With the precise restrictions in place, you can not assure the appropriate to vote to all our members.”
With Barcelona reporting having greater than 60% of its members over 50 years of age, the well being of Barca members is a precedence.
“We ask that it [election] could be finished having the most effective well being ensures doable with a view to foment most participation,” Font mentioned.