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Rio limits spending on municipalities. Structures say to be “inoperable”

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All expenses incurred by PSD local government candidates must have a prior visa from the National Headquarters, from the role of posters to polls, including gifts. Municipalities argue that it will be “inoperable.”

At a time when municipal elections are beginning to be outlined, Rui Rio presents tighter rules for party candidacies. The PSD leader wants financial control over hiring, donations and spending. In turn, district and council structures are reacting badly, saying it is “inoperable” on the ground.

According to the DN, were signed by the Deputy Secretary-General, Hugo Carneiro, two dispatches, dated Wednesday, and sent to local party structures. In one, the rules on the financial preparation of the electoral campaign for municipalities are stipulated and in the other on the procedures for purchasing and renting products related to these elections.

The two documents reflect the PSD’s concern with controlling municipal election campaign spending.

In this way, the campaign structures will work with a computer system in municipalities to control expenses and a “formal contract” will be required with all applications, in which the rights and obligations of all parties are mirrored. In parallel, a system for managing municipal elections will also be created in early March to insert data for all party candidates.

In the document on financial preparation for the electoral campaign, the assistant secretary-general warns that all donations raised by candidacies, in the six-month period preceding the elections, and that they must have prior authorization from the National Headquarters of the PSD or the national financial representative.

In the second order, prior approval by the General Secretariat of the acquisition of goods or services related to the rental of billboards, gifts, opinion polls or surveys is also mandatory.

It should be recalled that in 2018, Rui Rio filed a lawsuit against the PSD candidate in Covilhã, Marco Batista, for excessive spending in the 2017 campaign (87 thousand euros more than budgeted).

Several local officials contacted by DN admit that there is “good faith” on the part of Rio’s leadership in “trying to control spending on election campaigns, but they say that such tight rules are“ inoperable ”.

However, there are those who are “in tune” with the position of the national leadership, as is the case with the leader of the Castelo Branco district, Luís Santos, not least because he was faced with the case of excessive spending by the Covilhã candidate in 2017. “I agree with a certain level of restrictions. In this pandemic situation, the parties must be exemplary in their spending ”, he stresses.

Speaking to DN, Rui Rio was proud to have managed to put the PSD accounts in order. These new rules for municipal elections indicate that it wants to keep a tight rein on future spending.

The leader of the “oranges” also gave an interview to Observer in which he guarantees that he will assume responsibility for the result of the local councils, without pointing to “a magic number” of cameras to win, and he guaranteed that he is not “stuck in place”.

Regarding specific names, the PSD president did not commit himself to any, but admitted that the deputy and doctor Ricardo Baptista Leite “Fits well” in the profile intended for Lisbon.

In the interview, there was still space to throw splinters at Rui Moreira, completely ruling out the possibility that the PSD could come to support his candidacy, even after a dinner that involved social-democratic leaders was reported by the weekly Expresso.

“It is someone who has a dinner, who is private, who puts it in public and with a lie about what happened there, who had been invited to be a candidate for PSD. Not a reliable person“, He considered.

Ana Isabel Moura ZAP //

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