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Basque Country and Galicia hold elections on an unusual day marked by the virus


The autonomous elections that are held this Sunday in the Basque Country and Galicia will have two extraordinary protagonists that will mark results aimed at maintaining the 'status quo' in both Autonomous Communities, according to the polls. The pandemic, more specifically outbreaks, and the abstentionism for fear of contagion will influence the future of these elections that will take place under conditions clearly marked by the Covid-19. In fact, the citizens with a positive PCR will not be able to vote even in Euskadi -about 200 people- nor in Galicia, after respective prohibitions by their governments.

Despite the rampant economic crisis and criticism for continuing the electoral process, especially in Galicia where the outbreak of La Mariña It was considered controlled this Thursday, -although the mayors of the area demanded to postpone the elections-, the polls indicate that both the Basque Lehendakari, Inigo Urkullu, as the president of the Galician Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, will rise as the most voted candidates. The unknown remains, however, over Galicia, where a left-wing alliance is suspected to take the presidency, since it is possible that it will not reach an absolute majority.

Núñez Feijoo has been ruling Galicia without partners for 12 years and, to repeat, requires 38 seats. Most of the polls give him results similar to the current ones (around 47% of the votes and 41 seats), the PSOE of Gonzalo Caballero and the BNG of Ana Pontón would dispute the second position due to the upward trend of the seconds, Galicia en Común and Antón Gómez-Reino would be far from repeating the results of En Marea in 2016 and nobody else would enter parliament except for a last-minute surprise. However, the high abstentionism that is expected, works against him and there is a real risk of an alternative coalition contesting the feud against the PP. Everything will also depend on whether Vox sneaks into parliament.

In Euskadi, the PNV is around 31 or 32 seats, seven of a majority that it does not need strictly. They follow, with 18 seats, Bildu, PSOE (11 seats), Podemos (8) and the PP + Cs coalition (6 or 7). Some samples give a possible seat for Vox in Álava, but the consensus rather discards it, according to an average prepared by 'El País'. The most likely result is that the PNV continue in the Government with the help of the PSOE, who already facilitated the investiture of Iñigo Urkullu in 2016 and who has been his preferred partner in recent years. There are other options and there has been talk of a tripartite between Bildu PSOE and Podemos, which would add some 35-36 seats, but analysts do not believe that the socialists risk losing the PNV in Congress, on the contrary, they expect the alliances after These elections further cement the relationship between Socialists and Jeltzales.


In addition to the results, the fear of contagion will undoubtedly mark the evolution of the electoral day, for which the authorities have given recommendations and guidelines to reassure the population. As the main measure, the use of the mask will be mandatory for all citizens who access the inside of an electoral college. Table members and those who do not take it from home will be provided. It will also be mandatory keep the distance of interpersonal security and the capacity in the premises will be controlled. Ideally, this distance should be two meters, although it should be at least one meter and the crowding of people at the entrance and exit of the polling stations should be avoided.

Regarding the process of depositing the ballot, I recommend bringing it prepared from home and at the electoral table it will be enough to show the identification document to exercise the right to vote. There is also the possibility for the voter to deposit the DNI in a tray to check their data. An entrance route and an exit route must be established to direct the flow of people entering and leaving and avoiding contact between them, and voters over 65 years of age or with disabilities and those who are disabled will have priority for entry. need for your help.

During the day, it will be made available to voters hygiene products, such as hydroalcoholic gels, that allow all people who access the polling place to carry out adequate hand disinfection. Likewise, there will be a cleaning of the electoral colleges and of the facilities that will be used on the electoral day, both prior to the development of the electoral day and once it has ended.

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