The vote of Spaniards residing abroad has taken a seat from the PSOE in Madrid and given it to the PP, as confirmed by sources familiar with the scrutiny to The popular thus achieved 16 seats for Madrid and 137 in the Congress as a whole, one more than what was achieved until the election day of 23J. The PSOE is left with 121, one less.

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In this way, the sum of blocks in Congress will be 172 seats for PP and Vox – as long as they incorporate the Canary Islands Coalition and UPN to the block – and 171 for the sum of PSOE, Sumar, ERC, PNV, EH Bildu and BNG . For the Socialists, it would no longer be enough, therefore, with the abstention of the seven Junts deputies in a future investiture of Pedro Sánchez, but they need the ‘yes’ of at least some of those parliamentarians from the Catalan formation.

The sixteenth seat of the PP for Madrid will be held by the former deputy of the Unión del Pueblo Navarro Carlos García Adanero. This is the deputy who, together with his partner Sergio Sayas, betrayed the regionalist party by voting against the labor reform, despite what was ordered by the UPN leadership. Those two votes, which would have been decisive in overthrowing the norm promoted by Vice President Yolanda Díaz if it were not for the mistake in the telematic vote of the ‘popular’ Alberto Casero, were rewarded by the PP with positions in their candidacies. Sayas, who was already a candidate for mayor of Pamplona on 28M with a poor result, headed the PP list for Navarra on 23J and won the seat. He will now meet again in Congress with Adanero, who has achieved it thanks to the CERA vote and after occupying position 16 on the PP list for Madrid.

The socialist candidate who has been left without a seat is Javier Rodríguez Palacios, number 11 on the list headed by Pedro Sánchez, and mayor until May 28 of the Madrid town of Alcalá de Henares, now governed by PP and Vox.

Sources from the PSOE leadership have explained that, “in the absence of official confirmation, the possible change of a seat in Madrid for the recount of the CERA vote does not change the situation to form majorities: Junts will have to decide if it joins forces with PP and Vox, and open the door to a right-wing government with the ultra-right or join the rest of the political forces to avoid it exactly the same as yesterday ”.

No change in other disputed territories

In the rest of the constituencies where there could be changes, the vote of Spaniards residing abroad has not modified the distribution of the new deputies. One of those was Cantabria where, late on Friday afternoon, the distribution of 23J has been confirmed since the PP has not obtained the necessary CERA votes to wrest one of its deputies from Vox.

There were also doubts in the Girona and Tarragona constituencies. In the first, the PP was only 363 votes away from obtaining a Junts seat, which the pro-independence party ultimately maintains, according to ACN reports. In the recount carried out this Friday, Junts has obtained 336 votes from residents abroad and the PP 275, which have not been enough to seize the disputed seat. As for Tarragona, it was the PSC who could snatch a seat from Junts, since it was decided by a difference of only 1,298 votes in the provisional count of 23J. There have also been no changes in the distribution of seats in Congress.

In Euskadi, the PSE-EE has won in Bizkaia, Álava and Gipuzkoa among voters abroad, reports Iker Rioja. But these numbers do not alter the already known distribution of seats there, unlike four years ago, when this recount gave a seat to the PP, or the regional ones, when again PP+Cs achieved another representative in the Basque Parliament. In the case of Gipuzkoa, Sumar opted for a PNV seat and has won the nationalists, but only by three ballots, confirming that the leader of Podemos in the Basque Country, Pilar Garrido, is out of Congress.

In Bizkaia, in what is known as the CERA vote, the Socialists have been ahead of the PP, with the PNV as the third force – it won on Sunday in this constituency – and with EH Bildu as the fourth force. Sumar occupies the fifth position and Vox the sixth, but the far-right party multiplies its support abroad by four in relation to the very poor 2.59% of the general vote at the ballot box and by mail.

This newspaper has also been able to learn that the PSOE has imposed itself as the leading force in the CERA vote in all the provinces of Castilla-La Mancha, although the distribution of seats is not altered there either, informa Francisca Bravo.

The socialists prevail in Navarra, Almería or Segovia

2,382 people from the Balearic Islands residing abroad voted on 23J. The figure does not alter results. The PSOE turns out to be the most voted party among those voters with a total of 815 votes from abroad. The PP is placed in second position (729), then Sumar MÉS (389 votes) and Vox (303), informa Esther Ballesteros.

The PSOE has been the first force in Navarra in the counting of the CERA vote, which has not changed the distribution of deputies there either. Specifically, the Socialists have received 671 votes, followed by the Popular Party, with 641 votes, and UPN, with 410. The scrutiny gives 330 votes to Sumar; 261 votes, to Bildu; 234, to Vox; 102, to Geroa Bai; 39, to PACMA; 28, a For a more just world; 9, to the Workers’ Front; and 7, to the Communist Workers’ Party. In addition, 51 blank votes and 31 invalid ones have been counted, reports Europa Press.

The Socialists have also prevailed in Almería and the PP in Ourense, although also without changes in the seats. And different proxies have also disseminated in the networks that the PSOE has won among voters who live abroad in provinces such as Segovia, as well as in the Balearic Islands, while the PP would have prevailed in Soria.

In addition, the PSOE has been the party with the most votes among Cordovans who have voted from abroad, according to the counting that has been carried out this Friday morning at the headquarters of the Provincial Electoral Board of Córdoba, informa Alfonso Alba. Specifically, the Socialists have been the party most supported from abroad, having obtained almost 35% of support. The second formation has been the PP, with 27% of the votes. But very close has been Sumar, who has been left with 25% of the support. The fourth party has been Vox, with 12.15% of support.

In the 23J elections, 2,325,310 voters residing abroad could vote. It is the first time since 2011 that voters registered in the Absentee Residents Electoral Census (CERA) have been able to vote in a general election without having to request it beforehand through the so-called ‘vote requested’. In addition, the new regulation has allowed these people to download their ballot papers online.

Finally, a total of 233,688 residents abroad exercised their right to vote, representing 10.04% of the total, as reported by the EFE agency on Friday. In the previous elections, the general elections of November 2019, 145,853 residents abroad exercised their right to vote, 6.85% of a census made up of 2,130,754 citizens.

the final proclamation

By country, the countries that host the most voters are Argentina (434,599 people), France (237,599), the United States (157,969), Cuba (152,791) and Germany (142,537), reports Europa Press. The count this Friday was carried out at the provincial electoral boards. During this scrutiny, the Provincial Electoral Board cannot annul any act or vote, limiting itself to verifying without any discussion the count and the sum of the votes admitted by the tables, limiting itself to correcting the mere material or factual errors and the arithmetic ones.

Once the scrutiny is over, the representatives of the candidacies may present the claims they deem appropriate before that same Electoral Board. And once all the appeals have been resolved, which ultimately can reach the Central Electoral Board, or when the deadline for their presentation has elapsed without any being presented, the proclamation of the candidates who have been elected will be made.

This act of proclamation is issued in triplicate: one to be filed with the corresponding Electoral Board, another for Congress or the Senate, and the third to the Central Electoral Board, which within forty days must publish it in the Official Gazette. of the State (BOE) the general results and by constituencies. In addition, the representatives of the candidatures can obtain a copy on request.


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