A draft I might be trying to submit TRUTH-OUT. Should read well their “SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES,” etc. It seems they accept pieces up to 2000 words, and posted content. I should include “links,” footnotes, everything. This thing I wrote amounts just to 773 “words.” Sent a few draft notes, by means of former Spanish President J.M. Aznar, foundation, ( https://fundacionfaes.org/que-es-faes/ ) to Paul Preston’s former doctoral student, and former spokeswoman at the Spanish Congress of the People’s Party, CAYETANA ÁLVAREZ DE TOLEDO. Didn’t answer yet. Maybe because it’s weekend.
Anyway, as Paul Preston is an expert in Spanish fascism, and she is a confessed admirer of Felipe VI, good, who cares? Might be she never was much in touch with Paul Preston. Or she’s just stupid. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Preston?wprov=sfti1
Former President Aznar, for his part, was probably a sidekick, he’s surely thst now; and,according to my opinion, J.L. Rodríguez Zapatero, a real pussy, who should care much more about his country and much less about Venezuela.
(i) Alberto Nuñez Feyjoo’s, Galician President, wrote a decree on February 10, 2020, ruling a pay for the “Provincial Electoral Boards,” bound to do the “General Scrutiny” of the Galician Regional Elections he called for, first for April 5th, as usually mimicking Basque Country Elections, afterwards cancelled, because of the lockdown, and finally held on July 12th. (Yes. He was about 5 months out of office, after dissolving Galician Parliament. And really took advantage of the pandemic for dating Galician July 12th 2020 Regional Elections).
The LOREG, Spanish Organic Law on Electoral Regime, section XVI, rules that “General Scrutiny” shall be done by the “Electoral Board” “which appropriate.” Just two of them at the Spanish Kingdom: a “General (Central) Electoral Board,” (see at ( vi) for the Spanish Wikipedia Article about them) and , in each one of the 54 Spanish provinces, another (54) “Provincial Electoral Boards.”
ALBERTO NUÑEZ FEYJOO, on February 10th 2020, the very same day he dissolved Galician Parliament for calling elections, think he should have waited a couple or three days, signed this Decree, ruling their pay and, approximately, more or less, describing their members.
Regulations in Spanish LOREG about composition and appointment of Provincial Electoral Boards, (Art. 10.1).
1. The Provincial Electoral Board is composed of:
a) Three Members, Magistrates of the corresponding Provincial High Court, appointed through insaculation by the General Council of the Judiciary. When there is not a sufficient number of Magistrates in the Court in question, holders of unipersonal jurisdictional bodies of the capital of the Province will be appointed.
b) Two Members appointed by the Central Electoral Board among Professors and Professors of Law or Political Science and Sociology or jurists of recognized prestige residing in the province. The appointment of these Members will take place once the candidacies have been announced. To this end, the representatives of the candidacies presented in the district will jointly propose the people who are to hold these positions. If said proposal does not take place before the beginning of the electoral campaign, the Central Electoral Board proceeds to its appointment.
2. The Members mentioned in section 1.a) of this article will elect the Chairman of the Meeting from among their number.
3. The Presidents of the Provincial Electoral Boards will be exclusively dedicated to the functions of their respective Electoral Boards from the convocation of an electoral process to the proclamation of the elected and, where appropriate, until the execution of the sentences of the contentious procedures, including the amparo appeal provided for in article 114.2 of this Law, to which the electoral process has given rise in their corresponding constituencies, understanding that the term provided for in article 15.2 of this Law has been extended, if applicable. For these purposes, the General Council of the Judiciary will provide the appropriate measures.
4. The Secretary of the Provincial Board is the Secretary of the respective Court, and if there are several, the most senior.
All this means “three (3) magistrate members” of “(each) corresponding Provincial Court,” what amounts to, counting 3 x 54 Spanish provinces, 162 “magistrates” and 2 x 54, 108, “Professors and Professors of Law or Political Science and Sociology or jurists of recognized prestige residing in every province.”
Concerning “Provincial Courts,” we only know they are formed of “one President,” and 2, “or more” other judges. So by “insaculation,” appointment after getting as many as of all them balls with their names in a sack, the guys at the CGPJ, might even choose everyone of them, (at lest 162 “magistrates,” as we calculated above).
Concerning 10.1b (see above) I have a deep suspicion that never, anywhere, “the representatives of the candidacies presented in the district … jointly proposed “Professors, etc.” would-be members of each Provincial Electoral Board,” out of ignorance I guess of parliamentary “representatives,” too busy to read their duties. And, therefore, as this “proposal” did never take place before “starting each called for electoral campaign,” (“Provincial Electoral Boards, are appointed for about three months for every (Regional or National Election) the Central Electoral Board has been always in charge of appointing them, “Professors, etc.” Never called by their names or officially appointed in any public record, BTW.
Lots of judges everywhere. Lots of no-name “Professors.”
iii) What “Insaculation” is, ” according to the WIKIPEDIA:
(There’s no term in English for thst, it just means the 20 guys that compose the CGPJ, which the King chooses, according the Spanish Constitution, get all the magistrates in a sack and blindly choose how many they need).
In front of this despotic, anti-Democratic proceeding, “insaculation,” what does it mean a “democratic draw,” or “LOTOCRACY”?
iv) ETIENNE CHOUARD, A French Blogger (1956), absolute supporter of “LOTOCRACY,” AT ALL ASSEMBLIES (?):
(v) article one hundred and three in the LOREG (Spain’s Organic Law on ELECTORAL REGIME). I think it applies to Sanchez, it applies for everyone since 1985.
1. The general count is carried out on the third day following the vote, by the corresponding Electoral Board, as established in the special provisions of this Law.
2. The general vote is a single act and is public.
MAYBE WRITE SOMETHING LIKE THIS FOR TRUTH-OUT (I PAY THEM 51-POOR $ A MONTH). THE RULES TO SEND THEM ARTICLES, INFO, ARE THESE: Submission Guidelines – Truthout: Submission Guidelines – Truthout
vi) This is fucking crazy. The Spanish Wikipedia Article on the CENTRAL ELECTORAL BOARD. I don’t quite understand Central Electoral Board competences. In Galicia, (see (i), President Feyjoo’s Decrrr, see (ii)), also), first President of Galician Autonomy, Gerardo Gonzalez Albor, died in 2017 100 years old, asked him sometime a quiet place at his huge mansion, he told me I was surely joking, as a mater of fact, I was a pretended leftist, I had been recently abusing him, using his constant abuse catch-word, “evening-snacks President”, and his Counselor of Presidency, Jose Luis Barreiro Rivas, the son of a baker fascists gone out of their way to destroy, ruled that (general) scrutiny should be done (in Galicia) by the“Provincial Electoral Boards.”
I quote from the Spanish Wikipedia:
“The Central Electoral Board (JEC) of Spain is the highest body of the Electoral Administration, of the Provincial Electoral Boards, the Zone Electoral Boards and, where appropriate, the Electoral Boards of the Autonomous Community, as well as the electoral tables and is the only permanent organ of the same. Its function is to “guarantee the transparency of the electoral process and supervise the performance of the Electoral Census Office.” It is permanent.
Fast Facts Overview, Scope…
Headquartered in the Congress of Deputies in Madrid, in accordance with Organic Law 5/1985, of June 19, on the General Electoral Regime, it is made up of:
– eight magistrate members of the Supreme Court appointed through “insaculation” by the General Council of the Judiciary.
– five active professors of Law or Political Science and Sociology, appointed at the joint proposal of the parties, federations, coalitions or groups of voters with representation in the Congress of Deputies.
the general secretary of the Congress of Deputies as secretary.
– the director of the Electoral Census Office, the latter, with voice, but without vote.
– the president and the vice president, elected by the members from among the members of judicial origin in the constitutive session of the Board.
Appointments are made within ninety days of the constitutive session of the Congress of Deputies. The members continue in their mandate until the inauguration of the new Central Electoral Board at the beginning of the following legislature.”
Felipe González Márquez was the Prime Minister of Spain from 1982 to 1996. His Socialist Congress wrote down, approved, enacted this Spanish Organic Law on Electoral Regime. Guess he was elected, in a complete lack of Electoral Regulations, just after February 23th Coronel Tejero intent of stablishing a military dictatorship (1981), a coup in which all parties, with the exception of Santiago Carrillo’s Communist Party, and, probably, just by a personal decision, Adolfo Suarez, engaged. Most particularly him, Felipe Gonzalez Marquez: “Juan Carlos I, a King that went from one coup to another,” Patricia Sverlo. https://www.asociacionrepublicanairunesa.org/down/Unreygolpeagolpe.pdf
According to the Spanish Constitution (article 123. 2 and 3) drafted in 1978, by a commission of the so called “fathers of democracy,” it’s the Spanish King, Juan Carlos I, then, probably with the best of his intentions, always drunk, you know, who appoints the 20 members of the CGPJ, the General Council of the Judiciary. The guys charged to choose, by “insaculation,” the about 162 members of the Electoral Provincial Boards charged to do the “Definitive Scrutiny.” The vote recount at the ”Polling Stations,” always lacked any garantees. These guys were probably in charge of everything. Felipe Gonzalez Marquez; Jose Maria Aznar; Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. Pedro Sanchez Castejon. In fact the vote recount at the ”Polling Stations” went so bad that it was replaced really early, for instance in Nuñez Feyjoo March 1st 2009 Regional Elections, doubtting about which costed me a 50 days psychiatric admission, and a live long judicial inability, by that ramdom, real time INDRA. SYSTEM thing. Probably pacted, some how, because these 162 ”magistrates,” appointed by the 20 guys at the CGPJ, and the never named 108 ”Professors,” elected, because no Parliament “Representative,” knows it him or her, to choose them, by that dead walking, half of them already dead, “Central Electoral Board” Spanish Wikipedia article dares to gives details about, always, really always, manage to confirm INDRA.SYSTEMS results. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Council_of_the_Judiciary?wprov=sfti1
Final footnote: This is the end of an Amazon review of one of Paul Preston’s book about King Juan Carlos I:
“Paul Preston, one of the historians who has shed the most light on the history of Spain in the 20th century, has updated his great work on King Juan Carlos, in which he addresses the conflictive relations with his father, his education aimed at perpetuating the Franco’s regime, his commitment to democracy, his confrontation with the coup until he reached the full consolidation of the parliamentary monarchy and the evolution of the monarchy since then. The result is a rigorous book written with vibrant prose that offers us a human and political portrait of the man who set out to be the “King of all Spaniards.”
I usually write fucking quick. May be Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, was after all Paul Preston’s doctiral student, maybe she was simply misguided about Spanish Kingdom Electoral Rules and what really is a Parliament. As a matter of fact he does consider in other of his books Felipe González Márquez in 1982, a “win for democracy.”
Another Paul Preston’s Amazon review:
“The Triumph of Democracy in Spain is Paul Preston’s great book on the Transition and consolidation of Spanish democracy, where he portrays the numerous difficulties and painful moments of a fundamental stage in the recent history of our country, when fatigue of the Francoist cliques, the strengthening of the moderate opposition and the appearance of terrorism of different kinds. The impossibility of pro-Franco continuity was soon evident, and with a great spirit of sacrifice and cooperation, all the political parties worked to create the constitutional framework for the restoration of democracy. The memory of the horrors of the war and the subsequent violence was such that, even with personal hatred subsisting, the post-Francoist political consensus would be established on the basis of a collective agreement to renounce revenge.
True to his style, Paul Preston traces the path that passes through the disintegration of Francoism, the death of Carrero Blanco, the period of government of Arias Navarro, the arrival of Adolfo Suárez and the political reform undertaken, the construction of a democracy with elements of the old regime, the coup attempts and the crucial intervention of King Juan Carlos in the entire process that made possible the restoration and consolidation of democracy in Spain.”
Never read his books. Maybe Amazon’s reviews are just intoxicating. He doesn’t seem to have read my blogs, either. Or trying to be funny.