The citizen platform Soria ¡Ya! prepares to stand for the regional elections in Castilla y León. The electoral climate caused by the tension within the PP and Ciudadanos coalition in recent weeks has led the entity to advance its plans to present itself for an electoral call. The platform has its sights set on the month of March, although they are also working with the possibility of presenting themselves earlier, in November, the other date that the PP of Castilla y León will lower to advance the elections.
The Soria organization was together with Teruel There is one of the promoters of the Revolt of Empty Spain, the movement that since 2019 has tried to put depopulation on the political agenda, demanding a State pact and policies to reverse it. Although the platform was established in 2001, the current objective is to attend the regional ones if their members so decide in assembly. If they finally take the step, Soria ¡Ya! It will follow the path taken by Teruel Existe, who achieved a deputy and two senators in the 2019 general elections, and who is now also working to stand in the Aragonese regional and municipal elections.
“We are preparing for what may happen,” explains Silvia Largo, one of the organization’s spokespersons, who prefers not to advance events in case there are no early elections. They recognize that they already work with their eyes in the month of November, although the final decision to attend or not will have to be made in an assembly by the members of the platform. It is not the first time that they came down to make the leap, in the last general elections, in which Teruel Existe did attend, the Sorians did not have time. “At that moment he caught us with a different foot,” acknowledges Fernando Arévalo, spokesperson for the platform at the time. Now they have unexpected support, including that of the president of the CEOE of Castilla y León.
In 2019, Teruel Existe became the first group of voters to achieve parliamentary representation. An objective that Soria ¡Ya! I saw then impossible. “We had an organizational structure different from that of Teruel Existe and until then we had not seriously considered presenting ourselves.” It was a technical but also a strategic decision. The platform wanted to achieve its demands, which first went through a state pact against depopulation from civil society. “So we believed that it would be feasible to do so without entering politics,” he says.
Now the situation is different. The irruption of the Teruel residents in Congress and in the Senate where Teruel Existe is putting on the table historical demands of the province of Soria, has marked the way for them. The relationship between both organizations is fluid, they share problems and strategies. Without going any further, this weekend the two platforms and a dozen others have met in Cuenca, where they have agreed by consensus to create a political tool to present themselves to the next electoral processes that are convened.
As with Teruel Existe, which has already announced its intention to run for regional and general elections, Soria ¡Ya! It is debated between which formula to use. There are two: participate as a traditional political party or do it as a group of voters. The latter was the one decided by the Aragonese group, but it is not without its difficulties. On the one hand, groups of voters do not receive subsidies like political parties and are obliged to disappear between one election and another. That is, each time they are presented they have to be established from scratch and the process is not easy either. While a political party only needs the endorsement of 0.1% of the census of the constituency to which they attend, the constituencies of voters have to reach 1%, according to the autonomous regulations of Castilla y León.
Soria Now! It studies all the possibilities with the aim of reaching the elections if they are called in the month of March. If, as some information points out, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco decides to advance them to November, sources from the platform point out that it would be more difficult but not impossible. “We would have to work more,” they say. In those eventual elections to the Cortes of Castilla y León, the platform would have an easy time achieving representation. In the general elections, Soria only has two deputies, who are usually divided between the PP and the PSOE, but in the regional elections there are five seats at stake, now three from the PSOE and two from the PP. This newspaper has tried to gather the position of the two majority formations in the province, but they have declined to assess the possible irruption into politics of Soria ¡Ya !. From the platform they point out that they will not settle for a single attorney: “If we show up, we will win.”