Chega is going to municipal elections for the first time and the objective is to “run for all 308 municipalities in the country” with “good results” and be the “third political force” in this electoral act.
According to the municipal coordinator, Nuno Afonso, heard by Observer, Chega, a party led by André Ventura, has two major goals for the 2021 municipal elections: “run for all 308 municipalities in the country” with “good results” and “being able to be the“ third political force ”in this election.
Unlike the legislative and presidential elections, this time, the party’s face does not vote. According to the newspaper online, eight months before the elections, there are already chosen candidates and people to be polled – and it is known that Ventura stay out of the ballot papers.
The party intends to train its municipal candidates and has already set up a strategy in the North, Center and South. On the weekend of March 20 and 21, Chega will hold three Municipal Conventions in order to discuss “the programmatic lines party ”and“ so that everyone has an idea of what they have to defend, that there is no doubt and that things are uniform throughout the country ”.
On the other hand, admitted Nuno Afonso, “it is not easy to find candidates with experience, not even mini-Andrés Venturas ”. According to the coordinator, there are people who are “ashamed or afraid to say they support André Ventura and Enough ”.
However, the profile is outlined: “Someone who does not have straw tails, who is well regarded in society, who has not had serious problems with justice, someone seen as an honest person”, described the coordinator.
Two party sources admit to the Observer that there are “two names on the table” for Lisbon, but none of them directly linked to politics, despite being “known people”. In the case of Porto, a candidate is still a long way from closing, unlike most chambers in the district, which are “almost all” closed.
The Enough it also rejects pre-electoral coalitions. “There will certainly be post-election agreements. Coalitions, at best, perhaps in Madeira and the Azores because they are different situations, but even then the tendency will be not to form coalitions ”, assured Nuno Afonso, adding that Chega has already been polled by other parties, but rejected it.
Ventura wants municipalities without a state of emergency
Chega’s leader, André Ventura, criticized the PSD’s proposal that suggests postponing municipal elections for two months, but also admitted an eventual change in the suffrage, scheduled for September or October.
“We are not opposed to the postponement of local authorities, what we ask is what is the study that shows that in December we will be in a better situation than in September / October ”, said Ventura, quoted by the weekly Express.
For Ventura, it would be important to ensure that local elections are held outside the state of emergency. However, he considers it premature to advance a forecast.
“We will listen to experts, look at infection levels and create a legal mechanism that allows elections to be postponed, if the levels are too high – numbers of people in intensive care, deaths, infections per thousand inhabitants. Why not March or May? When there is no pandemic ”, he asked.
The PSD bill, which was delivered this Friday to Parliament, proposes the postponement of the electoral act by 60 days, before Christmas. The party claims that there is no guarantee that in early September 70% of the population will be vaccinated against the covid-19 and that a new limited election campaign would only “benefit those in power”.
Maria Campos, ZAP //