The Central Electoral Board sanctions Díaz Ayuso for three infractions in the 4-M campaign | Elections in Madrid 4M

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The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, this Thursday at the Assembly.
The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, this Thursday at the Assembly.Alejandro Martínez Vélez (Europa Press)

The central electoral board has decided this Thursday to sanction Isabel Díaz Ayuso with 960 euros for three offenses during the 4-M electoral campaign, according to sources familiar with the deliberations of the body consulted by EL PAÍS. The supervisory body thus maintains the fines of 600 and 360 euros with which the provincial electoral board had resolved two files against the conservative leader, and which had come to nothing due to procedural defects. The president of the Community of Madrid now has the possibility to appeal the decision to justice, which a source familiar with the case considers more than probable.

It all started on April 29. As this newspaper advanced, the Central Electoral Board ordered the Madrid province to sanction Díaz Ayuso for mixing her status as president with that of PP candidate in an institutional act in the Las Ventas bullring, in another in a venue of Iberia and during a visit to the works of a bridge that will connect the Valdebebas neighborhood and Terminal 4 of the Barajas airport.

In the act of Las Ventas, Díaz Ayuso had defended the bull industry, and had boasted that in 2020 his Government gave “unprecedented aid” to the sector; that these grants would be reapplied in 2021; and that he had requested the Government of Spain to reduce VAT (to 4%) for bullfights. In the presentation of an Iberia plane, he stressed that he expected an investment of more than 1,000 million in public-private collaboration projects. And during his visit to Valdebebas he subliminally came to inaugurate a bridge that was not finished. Everything, to the scandal of the electoral control body, with elections called.

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“Requiring again the President of the Community of Madrid to refrain in the future from disseminating messages of electoral content in the course of acts of an institutional nature, since this violates the duty of objectivity that the public powers must safeguard in all moment, and, with greater intensity, after the convocation of elections ”, read a resolution. “Said messages are legitimate in acts of the candidate’s electoral campaign, but they are not legitimate when they are disseminated within the framework of institutional acts, since they represent a breach of the principles of neutrality and equality among the candidates,” in another.

It was not the first encounter of the then president and candidate with the electoral Board: Díaz Ayuso added so many disagreements and complaints from his rivals as to end up clearly dividing his daily agenda. In the morning, the institutional as president. In the afternoon, the partisan as a candidate.

By then, the different electoral boards had already warned the conservative leader up to three times for using the presidency in favor of his candidacy. Thus, on March 25, Díaz Ayuso was already reprimanded for using an institutional press conference to ask for the vote. On April 8, the Central Electoral Board asked him to “refrain from using expressions that may represent a campaign of achievements in future institutional events” in the context of the elections. And on April 10 he was ugly for the same reason after a visit to the La Paz hospital. The last episode has been lived this Thursday: 960 euros for three offenses during the electoral campaign.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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