Galician President, Alberto Nunez Feyjoo, and Spanish Kingdom Socialist President, well, lots of more people around the world, but let’s keep local, have assigned INDRA, a Spanish information technology and defense systems company, in which the Spanish Ministry of Finance is the main shareholder (see the list of “main shareholders,” in theSpanish Wikipedia article ) the vote recounting of at least four Galician and Spanish elections. Galician President, Alberto Nunez Feyjoo, at least two times, for Galician Regional Elections on March 1 2009 and for Galician Regional Elections on April 5 2020, later postponed to July 22 2020; (March 1, 2009, Galician Regional Elections ; April 5, 2020 Galician Regional Elections). President Sánchez, two other times: for Spanish April 28 2019 General Election, and November 10 2019 Spanish General Election (The Government awards INDRA the count of N-10 without any public tender).
For subcontracting INDRA for November 10 2019 Elections, Sanchez’s Government, in fact his Ministry for Home Affairs, ruled by Fernando Grande Markaska, alleged an emergency procedure endorsed by the Spanish Organic Law of General Electoral Regime, saying concretely, (that) “ the seventh additional provision of the (Organic) law (of General Electoral Regime) states that contracts related to the holding of elections are declared urgent when they have been called in application of section 5 of article 99 of the Constitution. (And) this had been the case, since the call for elections took place because it had’nt been possible to form a government within two months after the first investiture vote.”
Seventh additional provision of Spanish Organic Law on Electoral Regime is extremely long. Section u) seems to put some limit to spending. Marlaska contracted INDRA to carry out the vote count for the General Elections of April 28, 2019 for 7’4 million €. (And there was another on N-10, 2019)
Section 5 of article 99 of the Spanish Constitution, just reads: “ 5. If after a period of two months, from the first investiture vote, no candidate has obtained the confidence of Congress, the King will dissolve both Chambers and call new elections with the endorsement of the President of Congress.”
Any way. Not a single thing of all this is important.
The main point is that Marlaska and Nunez Feyjoo contracted a private corporation to make somehow the vote recount, when there was an Organic Law of Electoral Regime that rules vote counting should be made in a quite different way. Will not extend on it, but, both in Galicia and in Spain, first at the polling stations, immediately after concluding the voting, by the President, and the rest of guys, that have been attending the voting. In an act that is conceived as a continuous session.
Spanish Organic Law on Electoral Regime “General (See Section XI: o Scrutiny at the Polling Stations: Arts. 95-102)
– CHAPTER VIbis, On Scrutiny reads:
1. Provincial Electoral Boards will carry out general scrutiny eight days after votation.
2. Scrutiny will be carried out as ruled by the (Spanish) Organic Law of General Electoral Regime.
– And the first final provision, this way:
First final provision.
In everything not provided for in this Law, the regulations in force for the legislative elections to the Congress of Deputies of the General Courts will apply, with the modifications and adaptations derived from the nature and scope of the electoral consultation to the Parliament of Galicia and, in In this sense, it is understood that the powers attributed to the State and its bodies and authorities are assigned to those corresponding to the Autonomous Community with respect to matters that are not the exclusive competence of the State.
What I can’t understand, as I’ve written them twice today, by means of a web formulary and here, indra@is how how they manage to give, every two minutes, in real time, “partial results,” in Galicia and King Felipe VI Spanish Kingdom, and Irak, Colombia, hundreds of places, breaking every two minutes, at least here, counting sessions that should be single, uninterrupted, public acts; nor what warrants can they offer that the the data entered on their gadgets are right, as they are entered before any act or written record of the vote recount is drafted; now what kind of approval or “check” by some reliable third part, apart of them, do their gadgets have. How many PDAs, whatever, could they distribute in the Galician Autonomous Elections of March 2009 and July 2020, and in the General Elections (throughout Spain) of April and November 2019? Do they keep the serial numbers? Do they throw them away after each election or do they reuse them for another country, after a reset?
Finally, who voted for substituting our old Laws about cheap, public, double checked, Electoral Proceedings for expensive, not too reliable INDRA.SYSTEMS management? Were there any time any voting about that?
BY THE WAY, THE GENERAL COUNT, THROUGHOUT THE KINGDOM OF SPAIN, THE 54 PROVINCES, 3 DAYS AFTER THE RECOUNT AT THE POLLING STATIONS, IS CARRIED OUT BY A SINGLE “ELECTORAL BOARD,” MADE UP, ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA, OF TEN OR TWELVE PEOPLE. AND IT ALWAYS COINCIDE, OF COURSE, WITH INDRA’S RESULTS.
– Spanish Organic Law on Electoral Regime (Section XVI: General Scrutiny).