Coalition for Melilla has launched the legal machinery to challenge the elections of the autonomous city after the election night of May 28. And he will undertake the process regardless of the result of the scrutiny that comes out of the polls, they say. The formation, with great influence on the Spanish-Berber community, has been in the spotlight since Tuesday, when the still Government adviser and number three on their lists, Mohamed Ahmed Al-lal, was arrested as one of the 10 suspects for the alleged purchase of votes by mail. “For us, credit to the citizens and defending a clean process, where everyone votes freely, is more important than the result obtained. For 20 years, the result has been doped and we have swallowed it”, Aberchan stated at a press conference this Thursday, at the party headquarters.
After the arrest of Allal and the search of the premises where the formation managed the communication of the electoral campaign, CpM has added to its legal advice the legal services of a renowned firm in Granada, through which it will compile the facts that In his opinion, they could be used to challenge the elections in the future. The appeal must be filed once the results of the elections are official, days after May 28. According to the Organic Law of the General Electoral Regime (LOREG), the Superior Court of Justice may proceed to annul the counting of one or all of the polling stations of a municipality, and proceed to repeat the process, if the right to vote has been violated in some way. And CpM lawyers these days look closely at each piece of the puzzle that could make them win that dispute.
CpM’s strategy will be based on alleging that there has been a “persecution” and “criminalization” of his party, “interfering” the judge of the Investigating Court Number 2 of Melilla in the normal course of the campaign. Aberchan has even accused the Government Delegation and “the powers of the State” of interfering and motivating the actions of María Carmen Perles. “They are trying to carry out a coup d’état in a democracy,” the leader of CpM asserted. “They are people and families with a Muslim appearance, but Spanish citizens with full rights. It is pure and hard racism”, added the lawyer Ernesto Osuna, present at the press conference, who also denounced a “xenophobic” and “Islamophobic” persecution.
Mustafa Aberchán’s son-in-law, Abdelilah Nasiri.Virginia Martínez
Another of the issues that they will cling to is the fact that in the records of Allal, Aberchan’s son-in-law and his brother, the crime for which they are being investigated is not specified, as this newspaper has been able to verify. . According to judicial sources, “it is not normal” but sometimes it happens due to the mere speed of the official who processes the order. In addition to being the case under summary secrecy. The challenge will also include the complaint for the decision of the Central Electoral Board to validate the 761 votes cast before the requirement to present the DNI at the Post Office.
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If CpM’s lawyers managed to get the Superior Court of Justice to order the electoral repetition, a gap would be opened so that Aberchan could be a candidate. The president of CpM is not part of the candidacy of this 28-M as he was disqualified after being sentenced by the Supreme Court in 2021 to two years in prison and two and a half years of disqualification for leading a plot to buy votes by mail for the elections to the Senate in 2008. This impediment meant that, instead of Aberchan, CpM’s candidacy for the Government of Melilla is headed by the Minister of Finance, Dunia Almansouri.
But the CfM leader’s disqualification expires at the end of August. Depending on the times, and if the TSJ decrees the electoral repetition, it could be the case that Aberchan and not Almansouri are the candidate of the localist formation for the elections of the autonomous city. Regarding the margin of maneuver according to the deadlines, “it would depend on what the TSJ resolved: which electoral acts are maintained and which are not, if a new call had to be made,” explain sources from the Zone Electoral Board. In any case, “to attend, the disqualification would have to have ended before the moment in which he has to present the list of candidates.” What is clear is that Aberchán will no longer be disqualified at the end of the year, when the general elections are scheduled. In November 2019, CpM fell just a few votes away from snatching the deputy from the Popular Party in the congressional elections.
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