The Salobreña City Council has removed Macarena Olona from its municipal register. This has been confirmed by the Consistory through a press release and in response to questions from this medium, after last week Cadena Ser revealed a conversation in which the former president of Vox Granada, Manuel Martín, admitted that Olona had registered in one of his homes, but had done so without living “regularly” in it or having a rental contract. Now, after processing the withdrawal, a period of 15 days is opened so that the leader of the extreme right and candidate for the presidency of the Junta de Andalucía can present allegations.
Macarena Olona registered at the house of the leader of Vox in Granada to be able to stand for the Andalusian elections
This is the last step that the Salobreña City Council has taken after the events that have been precipitating since last May 13. That day it was learned that Macarena Olona had registered in this municipality on the Tropical Coast of Granada last November, but that her habitual residence was not justified, according to the words of the former Vox president himself at the local level, Manuel Martín . That caused Andaluces Levantaos, the left-wing coalition that is also running for the elections on June 19, to challenge the candidacy of the leader of the extreme right.
In addition, late in the afternoon yesterday this media outlet had access to a report from the Salobreña town hall requesting the municipal police to initiate an investigation to clarify whether there is a regular “neighbourhood” of Olona in this town. If this is not the case, and given that Andaluces Levantaos has challenged the candidacy before the Electoral Board of Granada, Macarena Olona cannot run for the presidency of the Andalusian Government since she does not have the status of Andalusian that is included in the statute of autonomy of the community in its article 5.
In any case, the annulment of her registration does not mean that the leader of Vox cannot appear in the 19J elections. It is up to the Electoral Board of Granada to adopt that decision since the contestation of the candidacy is being deliberated in this body. Legal sources explain that the response must be quick because it usually occurs in a period not exceeding 48 hours. However, in Andaluces Levantaos they are going to expand their appeal again with the decision adopted by the Salobreña City Council, which may extend the response period of the Electoral Board of Granada.
For her part, Macarena Olona maintains that the issue of her registration, which some judicial voices describe as alleged “fraud of law”, is actually a “hoax”. “I don’t know how far they are willing to go, I know how far I am willing to go. Let no one be deceived. The hoax about my supposedly fraudulent registration in Salobreña is undoubtedly the work of this binomial PP and PSOE because they are terrified after hearing me say that I am going to enter San Telmo with a real broom.
The key to the “usual”
In any case, the legal reasoning that has been made about whether or not it appears correctly in the municipal register of this town in Granada is based on the statute of autonomy of Andalusia and on the guidelines that emanate from the Law of Bases of Local Regime that requires that the “administrative neighborhood” is acquired by the fact that the person lives in a municipality on a “regular” basis. An issue that in turn connects with other regulations that question whether Macarena Olona and Vox have been able to commit a “fraud of law” by setting their registration in Salobreña without complying with all the requirements.
In the original challenge of Andaluces Levantaos, the question is clear: “As the Electoral Board we are addressing is undoubtedly aware of, although to be a deputy to the Congress it is not required to be a resident of the district for which one is presented, in the case of elections to the Andalusian Parliament, the Andalusian Electoral Law 1/1986, of January 2, 1986 requires, in its art. 4.1, for the exercise of passive suffrage, that citizens “have the status of electors”. That same Law, in its art. 2 tells us that voters are those who (…) ”have the political status of Andalusians, in accordance with art. 5 of the Statute of Autonomy“.
The City Council of Salobreña defends in any case that the registration in the municipal register of Olona was carried out “according to law”. However, “after verifying this point, on Monday the 16th a press kit is presented with all the information that has appeared on the matter over the weekend and the appropriate legal report on the matter is requested, since from the statements by Martín Montero there are reasonable doubts about the veracity of what was stated to the City Council in the census registration application”. Now, it is possible to wait for the response of the Electoral Board on the subject, although Macarena Olona has 15 days to present arguments against the annulment of her registration in order to demonstrate that she does reside in Salobreña on a regular basis.