Madrid (EFE) Ministry of Interior.
The Ministry of the Interior reported that there are 3,612 applicants for postal voting in Melilla who have gone to the Post Office to exercise their right to active suffrage, representing 30.85% of the total.
Yesterday, Thursday, the deadline for casting the vote ended, one day later than what had been initially established, after an agreement by the Central Electoral Board (JEC) at the request of the Post Office.
Voting by mail has broken records in Melilla, where 21.21% of the electoral census has requested to exercise their right through this system in the regional elections on May 28, almost seven times more than the average for all of Spain, which is 3.05%.
This figure is almost double compared to the general elections of November 2019, when in Melilla 10.96% of the electoral census requested to vote by mail.
The high number of requests to vote by mail in Melilla led the Zone Electoral Board (JEZ) to agree on May 17 that voters had to identify themselves at the Post Office when casting their vote and not only when requesting it and receive the electoral documentation.
The measure leaves out the 761 voters by mail who deposited their vote before the JEZ of Melilla agreed to this measure, as determined by the Electoral Board itself last Friday, and the JEC this Wednesday, when both organizations denied the request for Coalition for Melilla (CPM) that its owners were identified.
CPM then announced its intention to challenge the result of the May 28 elections, considering that the process is “contaminated and adulterated.”
As reported by Correos this Friday, more than 984,108 voters have sent their vote by mail for the regional and municipal elections on May 28.
This figure represents 6.4% more than the number of postal votes admitted in the previous regional and municipal elections on May 26, 2019, which also coincided with the European Parliament elections.