The announcement of an electoral advance for next July 23 has launched a key deadline for the left in Spain. According to the Law, Podemos and Sumar will have ten days from the publication of the call in the BOE to notify the Central Electoral Board whether or not they concur in coalition to the next early general elections.
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It is a term established by article 44 of the Electoral Regime Law: “The parties and federations that establish a coalition pact to jointly attend an election must communicate it to the competent Board, within ten days of the call.” By then, the name of the coalition, its norms and the holders of its management and coordination bodies must also be decided.
For months both formations have negotiated unsuccessfully to jointly participate in the regional elections, with Ione Belarra’s party demanding a call for open primaries to make the candidacies. The leader of Sumar and also minister Yolanda Díaz did not accept and Podemos finally attended alone.
For the moment neither of the two parties or their representatives have referred to this issue. Yolanda Díaz has stated on her Twitter account that “against Feijóo’s black Spain, we came out to win” although without specifying anything about a joint candidacy with Podemos.
This morning it was Alejandra Jacinto, a Podemos candidate for the Madrid Assembly who did not get parliamentary representation, who made her support for a hypothetical unity project explicit before the electoral advance was known: “I always had it clear, but today more than ever: unity,” he said on Twitter.
The call for elections will be published tomorrow in the Official State Gazette and, according to the Law, the ten-day period will begin to run for both parties and other formations to decide whether or not to present themselves in coalition.