The National Competence Council (CNJ) of the CDS-PP decided on Friday that the vote of confidence in the national political commission submitted to the National Council on Saturday will be voted on by secret ballot stating the reason for the Lisbon district.
“In order to guarantee the legal and constitutionally anchored principles as well as the valid CDS-PP statutes and regulations, the vote of the confidence motions to the national political commission in all its dimensions must be carried out in secret ballot”, it says in the conclusions of the opinion of the CNJ, to which the Lusa agency had access.
According to the CNJ, this decision applies “immediately to all meetings of the National Council that were held after this statement was issued”, ie for the meeting of the National Council on this Saturday (by video conference) at which the motion of confidence in the national political commission, which was held on Chairman of the CDS-PP, Francisco Rodrigues dos Santos, after the former Vice-President Adolfo Mesquita Nunes had defended the realization of an extraordinary election congress.
In the statement to which Lusa had access, the body, chaired by Alberto Coelho, justified that “the roll-call vote in this case does not guarantee the members of the National Council full freedom and does not respect the democratic principle that the political parties are constitutionally respected are obliged to comply, since each member’s vote is also carried out before everyone else and the preliminary result is known at the time of each vote. “
The Lisbon district of the CDS-PP had asked the party’s CNJ for an opinion on the method of voting on the motion of confidence to the current political commission and argued that this should be done by secret ballot. In its application, the political committee of the CDS-PP in Lisbon demanded “the submission of a general, permanent and binding opinion on the following question: under the applicable legal and statutory provisions as well as under the general conditions of legal principles, voting on motions of confidence to the National Political Commission elected by secret ballot in Congress, does it have to be made by secret ballot (digitally performed by the technical solutions available on the market) without recourse to roll-call votes? ”.
The Lisbon District of the CDS-PP, headed by MP João Gonçalves Pereira, argued: “The secret ballot hypothesis can only be established in this case, considering that the roll-call vote (as in the last council) took place) national, in which each member was appointed and gave his or her vote) “by nature prevents the vote from taking place freely and without the possibility of interference”.
Speaking to the Lusa Agency after the CNJ’s position became known, Gonçalves Pereira stressed that “this decision by the judiciary only proves that the Lisbon district rightly asked the party court whether the ballot should be made by secret ballot”. “We are talking about a democratic party, the vote could only be secret because it is necessary to guarantee the full freedom of every member of the council,” said the chairman of this structure.
João Gonçalves Pereira – who has announced that he will support Mesquita Nunes in a race for the lead – also said that “this decision must be implemented as it is effective and binding immediately”.
Tonight, Expresso said that the CDS President and Vice President of the Braga Council, Altino Bessa and João Medeiros, have resigned from the national political commission, much like the party’s first vice president Filipe Lobo d’Ávila from the supporter the last congress. The two leaders from Braga understand that the current crisis in the party calls for an extraordinary congress to be held.