Approval of the manual of instructions for members of polling stations for local and regional elections in the Balearic Islands

Mar 28, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

\ The elections will take place on 28 May, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

\ A section on the accessibility of electoral processes is included.

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Manual of instructions for members of polling stations

On Monday, the Consell de Govern approved the manual of instructions for members of polling stations, which is to be used in elections to the Balearic Islands Parliament, island councils and local elections.

The elections to the Parliament of the Balearic Islands on 28 May coincide with the local elections to the Island Councils of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, and to the local entity of Palmanyola, and therefore the manual must be common to all elections.

Article 27.2 of Organic Law 5/1985, of 19 June 1985, on the general electoral system, establishes that, at the time of notification to the president and the members of the polling stations of their designation as such, an instruction manual on their functions must be provided, supervised by the Central Electoral Board and approved by agreement of the Council of Ministers and by the governing councils of the autonomous communities.

The Manual of instructions for polling station staff, created as a detailed and extensive compendium of instructions for polling station staff, incorporates for the first time a specific section on the accessibility of electoral processes, in order to guarantee the suffrage of persons with disabilities.

This section is a procedural protocol so that polling station members know how to act and assist these voters, always based on the legal principle that the act of voting is personal and non-transferable and that no one can vote by proxy or representation. Therefore, any person whose disability makes it difficult or impossible for them to vote may request the assistance of a person they trust, but the members of the polling station will always address the voter, not their assistant.

The specific section on accessibility sets out how contact with these persons should be channelled according to the characteristics of each disability, whether it be sensory, mobility or difficulties in understanding due to an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder.

On the other hand, the Manual of Instructions simplifies the rules that establish the conduct of polling day, in a manner similar to the procedure used in previous elections. Thus, the polling stations will be constituted at 8:00 a.m. on 28 May, composed of a president and two members, who will receive an allowance of 70 euros and a reduction of five hours of the working day on the following Monday, in the case of employees and public employees.

Afterwards, the voting agents and proxies accredited by the different candidates running in the elections will join the polling station, and the members of the polling station will check that all the electoral material (ballot boxes, booths, voting envelopes, ballot papers and documentation for the polling station itself) is in proper working order.

At each polling station, there will be a specific ballot box for each of the elections called on this day. Voting will take place from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm. As for the colour of the envelopes and ballot papers, they will be white in the case of the municipal elections, sepia for the parliamentary elections and sky blue for the island councils.