The electoral campaign for the presidency of FC Barcelona should start this Friday with the three candidates who have passed the minimum number of signatures required, Joan Laporta, Víctor Font and Toni Freixa, but now everything is at risk of being realized, especially the voting date of the January 24th.
Specifically, depends on the meeting that the Generalitat of Catalonia with the departments of Health, Interior and Sports, which will have friday morning with the president of the Management Committee, Carles Tusquets and other representatives of the club to assess the health situation and make a decision about the electoral process.
In any case, there are three possible paths for these elections: that the voting date of January 24 be maintained, that it be postponed until a later date in which the electoral campaign is resumed at the same point and until there is an electoral suspension and the process must start over from scratch.
In fact, the Minister of Health, Alba Vergés announced this Thursday that the final decision on the postponement or not of the elections will be made by the club. “There is a technical meeting with the club in which Health will explain the same as in all places: the current epidemiological situation and what we can find next week.”
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The candidate who was most forceful on the subject was Joan Laporta, who was the one who collected the most signatures of the three and decided that it would be “A fraud against democracy” that the elections were not held on January 24. In addition, he considered that “the Generalitat should not intervene because Barça is a private entity.”
Victor Font explained that “if the club does not provide an alternative way of voting to the one proposed no elections can be held on the 24th ″. And he added that the fact that “only 15,000 members could vote for the pandemic would lead to problems of legitimacy.”
Furthermore, he said that “It must be borne in mind that more than 40,000 members are over 60 years old”. That is why he asked that if necessary “efforts be made to change protocols and facilitate voting by mail.” In this sense, he explained that “it cannot be that there is not a single partner who is afraid to leave and cannot exercise their right to vote ”.
Toni Freixa, for its part, reported that “will respect all decisions of the Electoral Board”And asked that“ the elections guarantee maximum participation ”.
Of the postponement or not of the elections Transcendental issues depend for the Blaugrana club, such as the possibility that the new board of directors start making decisions to reverse the serious economic situation of the club or that it can make a transfer in the winter market, with Manchester City center-back Eric García as the main name.
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