The new scenario and also the format in which the elections will be held is very new. It will be the Covid-19 elections with the multiple variants and enigmas that this situation generated and will generate. Historical
But there is a particularity that drew attention and raises questions among professional politicians with more experience in working on election days in the “territory”, as he learned Clarion in consultation with several of these leaders who represent different parties. For the first time, one person will control what happens inside and outside the voting establishments with unprecedented powers.
These are the so-called “health facilitators”.
The National Electoral Chamber already alerted the Government since last year that if the pandemic continued it should be modified the way to pay. He passed.
Among other requests to the Government authorities that must organize or coordinate the elections, the Justice requested that employees of the Ministry of Health are in charge of controlling the sanitary protocols in each place where votes will be cast. Both in schools and in clubs, among other sites that will join to space voters to prevent them from crowding, hindering, among other things, the crucial distancing that helps prevent contagion of the virus that changed the way of life around the planet.
From Health it was answered that this body does not count with the number of workers needed to carry out those tasks. Yesterday, through a statement, the National Electoral Directorate (DINE), which depends on the Ministry of the Interior, under the command of Eduardo De Pedro.
The Government reported that those who will fulfill the roles of “Sanitary facilitators” will be members of the General Electoral Command, that is, members of the Armed Forces and the Federal Security Forces.
In these extraordinary elections, then, the “sanitary facilitators” must comply with these obligations: • Order the entry of voters in order not to saturate the internal capacity of the premises.
• Verify the use of mask of voters.
• Check and enforce social distancing two meters between people.
• Limit the capacity of people in the polling places.
• Control and guide respect for the social norms of physical contact in a pandemic.
• Avoid crowds or gatherings of people, especially in closed spaces. And enforce the columnar column in the outer row by observing the preventive measures.
• Provision and distribution of alcohol gel for tables and voting establishments.
This figure, then, will be central to the STEP and the general ones.
According to their conduct, problems will be solved, or conflicts may be generated in the places where they will vote under the risk of contagion.
Several professional policy makers who spoke informally with Clarion, they let transcend their mistrust on the potential action of the “health facilitators”. They are hypotheses that are not born of paranoia, without support with evidence that indicates that these ill-thought-out questions will indeed occur.
It is that until the “health facilitators” were created, they used to be the base party referents, and the attorneys general, those who used to move and even energize the voting in the schools in which candidates were chosen in the old normality.
The Justice and the Government rule out that the “facilitators” can commit or try to “manipulate” the electorate.
“The Command already has the necessary gymnastics for a territorial deployment that has been carried out every two years, in elections, for years. Thus, the personnel who are dedicated to this task, who usually perform custodial functions within the establishments and constitute a neutral figure within the electoral process, will have a distinctive identification that will facilitate their recognition, ”said Diana Quiodo in the official statement, National Electoral Director.