The Melilla polls have finally registered 3,612 votes deposited by mail for the elections on Sunday, May 28, according to sources from the Interior to elDiario.es. A number less than the 11,727 that had been requested at first and placed under suspicion after the police operation against a network of purchases of this type of remote voting.
A counselor of the Coalition for Melilla and the son-in-law of its leader have been arrested for the attempted fraud with the vote by mail
At this time, a court in the autonomous city is investigating under summary secrecy whether a dozen detainees are part of an organized group to buy votes by mail. Two of those arrested are linked to the Coalition for Melilla party: the former councilor Mohamed Ahmed Allal and the son-in-law of the party leader, Mustafá Aberchán.
The alarms around the vote by mail, which could be deposited until this Thursday, went off a few days ago when the Police detected more than 11,000 requests to vote by mail in the autonomous city, close to 20% of its census. A number much higher than the national average of the last elections, which did not reach three points in the last regional elections. The solution was to require the National Identity Document also to deliver the ballot at the Post Office.
The result, according to the data consulted by this newspaper, is that 3,612 votes have finally been deposited, a total of 8,115 fewer votes than those that had been requested before the requirement to show the DNI to deposit them in the Post Office.