IU exhausts the legal route and asks the Electoral Board to register Podemos in the Andalusian left-wing coalition

IU and Podemos, the majority partners of the Andalusian left-wing candidacy ‘For Andalusia’, have conspired to try to get out of the legal and political quagmire they got into when registering at the last minute the electoral coalition for the elections of 19 June, excluding the purple formation.

The four parties that registered the coalition -IU, Más País, Equo and the Andalusian People’s Initiative- have presented this Sunday a “correction of error letter” before the Electoral Board of Andalusia to correct the request for the constitution of an electoral coalition that registered the last Friday night, confirm different sources of the negotiation.

The letter, on one page and attached to the form with the coalition of six parties, includes a request for rectification alleging “a material error” in the presentation of documentation of the ‘Por Andalucía’ coalition, “which did not correspond to reality of the political pact reached by the six political formations that appear in the coalition pact”. The letter is signed by the general representative of the original confluence of four parties, Francisco Javier Camacho, and has been submitted electronically at 10:30 p.m. The purple formation was up to date and has participated together with the rest of the parties in legal advice.

The objective is for the competent body to agree to integrate after the deadline the two parties that were left out -Podemos and Alianza Verde- and for the coalition to go from four to six: IU, Más País, Equo, Initiative of the Andalusian People, Podemos and Green Alliance. The six are already involved in the same political project, which will be headed by the IU deputy, Inma Nieto, candidate of the confluence for the Presidency of the Board. But legally only the first four are part of the single candidacy.

In the last hours there have been conversations at the highest level between Podemos and IU, with the aim of “solving as soon as possible” the legal mess, which has the electoral brand stuck and under a lot of media pressure with which they intend to stop the rise of Juan’s PP Manuel Moreno and the Vox of Macarena Olona. Both the communists and the purple ones say they have the will to solve it and speak of a “technical”, “legal” or “administrative” problem, but not a political one.

However, sources from the IU and the other three confluence parties explain to eldiario.es that this rectification letter is more of a “gesture” to show Podemos their determination to “exhaust all possible ways to solve the problem”, but they admit which legally is “a dead end”. “This is not going to prosper in any way, there is already a precedent and they know it, but it is something that must be done,” these sources assure.

All the legal experts consulted, both by the IU and by Podemos and the rest of the parties, agree that the Andalusian Electoral Board will never accept as a “correction error” that a coalition of four parties is replaced after the deadline by another of six, although there is a political agreement signed by all. And if it did, “given that we have broadcast this mess to the four winds, it is normal for a rival party in these elections to present an appeal to the Electoral Board to stop it,” they warn.

The same rectification document ends by saying: “in the event that the rectification is not admitted, it must be understood that the registered coalition remains unchanged in its original terms.”

Unalterable deadlines

The way of correcting errors, the sources consulted explain, cannot serve to configure a new electoral coalition. It is a system to correct the wording of the form, on more formal issues: if the brand logo or a signature is missing. There is a basic principle of electoral law, which establishes that registration deadlines are preclusive, that is, they cannot be altered a posteriori. Otherwise, a political party could wait for a coalition’s registration deadline to expire, view its list of candidates, and also request a modification of its own electoral list based on what its rivals have done. This would break the principle of equality, hence the deadlines set by the Electoral Board are absolute.

The Secretary General of the Communist Party and Secretary of State for the 2030 Agenda, Enrique Santiago, has reiterated this Sunday that the stumbling block that the Andalusian coalition of six leftist parties has paralyzed is “technical”. But is not.

By staying out of the coalition, the Podemos candidates will appear on the ‘Por Andalucía’ ballot as “independents” and will not have direct access to electoral or parliamentary financing. There is no legal way for IU to distribute electoral subsidies with Podemos, as stipulated in the political agreement they signed in extremis for them to join the confluence.

The purple formation will not have a guaranteed political weight to hold the provincial lists that it has agreed with IU -headliner in four of the eight constituencies- nor control over economic resources (60% of electoral subsidies). Having access to these funds could even be challenged before the Court of Auditors.

In addition, the bilateral political agreement between Podemos and IU, released on Friday night by the purple formation, contradicts some sections of the coalition pact previously signed by IU, Más País, Equo and Initiative, which is the only one that is valid before the Electoral Board . The rest of the members do not see the terms of that agreement with good eyes because they have not participated and because, in some aspects, it clashes head-on with what the coalition they have registered establishes.

We can, without recourse

Podemos, for its part, has given up filing an appeal with the Central Electoral Board against its decision not to accept its request for the constitution of the six-party coalition. The purples submitted two applications electronically outside the legal deadline [las 23.59 horas del pasado viernes], one with registration time at 0.14 hours and another at 1.07. They did it, according to party sources, as a “symbolic gesture” to show their alliance partners their willingness to be part of the project, once they had closed a political agreement with IU that unblocked the negotiation.

In that document, Podemos renounced its candidate as head of the poster -the deputy for Cádiz, Juan Antonio Delgado- and accepts Inma Nieto, leader of IU and spokesperson for United We Can in the Andalusian Parliament. In exchange, she would achieve more political weight in the distribution of provincial lists, public positions and economic resources. [60% para Podemos; 40% para IU]. All this, in legal terms, is dead paper.

For now, the members of the leftist coalition call for calm and believe that everything will be redirected. The deadline to present the provincial lists of candidates expires on May 16. In the next few days, therefore, the six formations will have to present their candidates in the eight provinces, according to what they have previously agreed. There it will be verified if the agreement between Podemos and IU, signed in the discount time to register the coalition, prevails over what IU previously agreed with Más País, Equo and Initiative.

The circumstance occurs that, of the six parties that have negotiated the confluence, only Podemos Andalucía had previously registered a general representative before the Central Electoral Board, so that he is still on time and in a position to attend the Andalusian elections in alone. “That scenario is not contemplated now,” they explain from the party’s leadership.

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