PSD wants postponement of municipalities for two months – Portugal

The PSD defends the postponement of municipal elections, taking into account the pandemic. Rui Rio recalled, in a press conference, that the electoral period for municipalities is 22 September and 14 October. And taking into account the pandemic, it does not consider that there are conditions for this legal period to continue.

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Also saying that, according to Vice-Admiral Gouveia e Melo, everything is accomplished on August 31, we have 70% of the Portuguese population vaccinated and then group immunity.

“I am very skeptical that we will have this goal achieved, but if the Government sets the elections for 20 and such September, we will have 20 days of campaign, which seems short”, said Rui Rio.

Now, Rui Rio considers that this period is short considering that there is not as much media coverage as in the presidential elections. “This only serves those in power,” he said.

The president of the PSD considers that “seven months before the elections” it is now necessary to consider whether or not to postpone the autarky. “It shouldn’t be Portuguese and decide everything on top”.

“We are going to file a bill for the postponement for 60 days. Between November 22 and December 14”.

The Social Democrats say that the 60-day proposal is what they think is reasonable and that postponing it to 2022 “would be too excessive”.

The PSD recalls that this period was already in force in 1975. Rui Rio considers that this time would be enough for the candidates to be able to campaign that in these elections is done “door to door”. “The richness of local authorities is talking to people, if they are closed at home, there is no such contact”, he argues.

The leader of the Social Democrats also points out that he can even give in to this proposal, “if we are presented with smart facts”.

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