He Barcelona confirmed on Friday afternoon that the elections will not be held on January 24 due to the restrictions imposed by the Generalitat and is already looking for alternatives so that its partners can vote without skipping the confinement. The club asked the Catalan government that part of the members can vote by mail. The elections will be held on March 7.
The meeting that took place this morning between the Barcelona, Ministry of Health and the Procicat, did not end with good news for the club culé since the unviability of the elections to the presidency was decreed normally on the date foreseen by the municipal confinement imposed by the Generalitat. For this reason, they cannot be held on January 24 as planned and members will be able to go to the polls on March 7.
He Barcelona tried to find new formulas. The culé club has proposed to the Generalitat legal coverage so that voting by mail is enabled for the 45% of partners that it would be impossible for them to vote for municipal confinement. Even if the government of Catalonia accepted this proposal, the elections would be postponed in the same way.
Official statement from Barcelona
This Friday, January 15, the Government and FC Barcelona have held a virtual working meeting to address the holding of the elections for president and Board of Directors of the sports entity in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
During the meeting, the Government has informed the Club that the current epidemiological situation does not make it possible to authorize the displacement outside the municipality to members who do not have their electoral roll within their municipal term on January 24, given the high mobility that this would entail.
For its part, the Club has verified the impossibility of holding the elections on the scheduled date due to the mobility restrictions decreed by the Government in the current context of a pandemic, so the date of the elections must be delayed.
In this sense, the Club has asked the Generalitat to assess the possibility of modifying the current sports legislation to enable voting by postal mail on the new date of the elections, a request that the Government has undertaken to study.
On the part of the Government, the meeting was headed by the Secretary General of the Department of the Presidency, Meritxell Masó; the Secretary General of the Department of Health, Marco Ramentol; the Secretary General of the Department of the Interior, Beth Abad; the Secretary General for Sports and Physical Activity, Gerard Figueras, who have been accompanied by managerial and technical positions from the respective departments.
On behalf of FC Barcelona, the delegation was led by the Chairman of the Management Committee, Carles Tusquets, the member’s Catalan Ombudsman, Joan Manuel Trayter, and the CEO of the Club, Oscar Grau, accompanied by other managers and executives of the Club.
Joan Laporta, the great victim
Joan Laporta He was the great favorite to win the elections to the presidency of Barcelona and he is the great victim of the postponement of the elections. The former president, who obtained more than 10,000 signatures to end up becoming a candidate, pushed for these not to be postponed but will finally have to continue campaigning to achieve electoral victory. Yes, a Víctor Font had been in favor of postponing them, who will now have room for the comeback.