A total of 8,155 votes by correspondence in Melilla have not been delivered to the Post Office within hours of the deadline to execute the 11,727 requests processed in the autonomous city for the 28-M elections, a controversial procedure due to the crossing of accusations between the local formations after the judicial investigation with ten detainees for alleged purchase of votes.

According to data from the Ministry of the Interior, until this May 25 – the last day to execute the vote at the Post Office – 3,612 ballots have been validated, that is, 30% of the 11,727 requests that were processed. The data is pending a last update that will be made this Friday.

The requests for the 28-M elections tripled the 4,210 votes for this procedure that were registered in the 2019 elections, on a census of some 60,000 people.

Both the Government Delegation and the Ministry of the Interior maintain that there are guarantees to hold fair elections after adopting measures such as putting escorts on the postmen who suffered robberies and requesting the DNI also at the time of presenting the vote by mail at the Post Office.

On Thursday, one day after the operation with ten detainees for electoral crimes and belonging to a criminal organization, the president of Melilla, Eduardo de Castro, dismissed his councilor for Districts, Youth and Citizen Participation, Mohamed Ahmed Al-Lal. The leader of the Coalition for Melilla (CPM) is one of the ten arrested for his alleged involvement in the vote-buying plot.

The Central Electoral Board (JEC) has also ruled that the correspondence votes destined for Melilla that are deposited in mailboxes instead of being sent by certified mail, votes that are legally considered invalid, are not sent to the polling stations but to the Zone Electoral Board for its recount.

The JEC confirmed a day before the agreement adopted by the Melilla Zone Board to accept the around 700 votes by mail that were issued before the obligation to identify with the DNI to be able to vote, and that is that, according to the arbitration body, it would be “disproportionate” to annul those ballots with which it is no longer possible to go back.