If it needs to be postponed, let’s postpone now! | opinion

We do not yet know what the parties’ programmatic intend for the municipalities, but we at least already know those who argue that the elections should or should not be postponed.

However, if it is to be postponed, we have already postponed the debate about whether or not the country should postpone local elections. The topic is neither consensual nor does it confirm an explicit consensus as it divides positions inside and outside political parties. Thus the idea fails in its form and not just because of the simultaneous failure of its assumptions.

In January, the threat of abstention fueled rhetoric about the postponement of the presidential election in the shadow of the state of emergency, raising the greatest concerns about the success of the political debate and the greatest doubts about voter turnout. Despite everything, a number of possible alternatives have been exhausted that will allow the elections to be held on the date originally set without the expected inflation caused by the abstention pandemic, which remains worrying as it is in line with the trend between each Choice.

From the national elections to the local elections, the strength of television and the media it offers are disappearing. The pandemic accentuated the model of the digital and online campaign for local authorities, which until then had been characterized by mass events and proximity to the local voters. The new normal in politics will benefit those in power after a year, despite the initial horror of those who, in view of an almost absolute ignorance at the time, did not know exactly what to do or how. in relation to the pandemic. These are the most inappropriate choices for the creation of new protagonists. There is and is no time for unknown candidates to make themselves known or to make themselves known. Nor is the electorate paying any attention to discovering new faces, as has not been the case before.

Moving the churches to April is not enough to reverse this reality. The chair of power appears in descending order of clear advantage, then the known opposition, and in turn the unknown of the electoral universe.

The pre-campaign of the elected mayors continues and corresponds to the fight against the pandemic, in time and in the exercise of power or opposition: more solidarity and more participation are better accepted and have more votes in the elections.

Before any political justification, postponing local elections on the basis of the pandemic is the explanation of the a priori collapse of the vaccination schedule

The Covid-19 will be included in the election programs for the parishes the same way it has filled in the items of the activity plans and the headings of the community budgets for this year. The pandemic will bring new commitments for the future at the local level, both socially and economically. As if that weren’t enough, the pandemic context has heightened criticism of electoral groups regarding the new municipal electoral law approved by the central bloc, creating the possibility of a party that covers all independent movements.

The pandemic has given politicians a new moratorium on members of the government or opposition to forgive political mistakes and expand their consequences, justifying public health or economic urgency. There are ministers who have escaped dismissals on the side of power, and failed attacks by internal alternative currents of the opposition parties.

Before any political justification, postponing local elections on the basis of the pandemic is the explanation of the a priori collapse of the vaccination schedule.

The author writes according to the new orthographic agreement