Participation in Junts, down in the last consultations

The militancy of Junts per Catalunya will pronounce itself this Thursday and this Friday on the future of the Government and whether or not the party remains in the coalition.

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05 October 2022 Wednesday 17:32
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Participation in Junts, down in the last consultations

The militancy of Junts per Catalunya will pronounce itself this Thursday and this Friday on the future of the Government and whether or not the party remains in the coalition. Although the participation in the last votes has not been very high, in the formation they predict that in this case it will not be like that.

The formation was born in July 2020 with 2,893 members who participated in the vote for the founding congress table and in this case 1,545 members of the formation participated, 53.5% of the census.

The last time there was a high turnout was in the consultation on the investiture and legislature agreement that Jordi Sànchez and Pere Aragonès sealed in May 2021. In the Argelers congress, when the leaderships were renewed, there was no candidacy competition and that could influence the demobilization, since there was an in extremis pact between Jordi Turull and Laura Borràs that avoided internal confrontation.

The highest turnout data corresponds to the primaries for the parliamentary elections, in November and December 2020, when there were still confinements due to the pandemic and everyone was at home. Keep in mind that the votes in JxCat are all digital, through the affiliates' digital space, called "Decidim". In any case, in May 2021, since there were more militants, more people voted for the Government agreement. More than 4,000 members spoke.

The formation was born in July 2020 with 2,893 members who participated in the vote to constitute the table of the founding congress. 1,545 members of the formation were mobilized, 53.5% of those registered.

In the first section of the founding congress of Junts, held in August 2020, a few days after the first vote, the census was already 3,791 people and the participation was 56.19%. 2,130 people voted on that occasion. In September, the break with the PDECat was completed and Junts undertook his solo journey outside the heir formation of Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya.

The presentations of that congress were voted on in October and more than 90% of the associates approved their content, with a participation of 27% of the census, which by then was already made up of 4,029 militants.

In November 2020, Laura Borràs was chosen as a candidate in the primaries for the elections to the Parliament in February 2021, ahead of the then Minister of Territory and Sustainability, Damià Calvet, who now presides over the Port of Barcelona. The now president of the formation prevailed with 2,954 votes (75.8%) over her rival, who added 799 votes (20.5%), while there were 145 blank votes (3.72%). In the first primaries of Junts, 3,898 affiliates participated, which represented 76% of the total census, of 5,128 affiliates.

A few weeks later, the 18 starting positions were chosen in the four Catalan constituencies. This process involved 72% of the 5,128 registered militants and Joan Canadell, now a deputy and member of the leadership, was the most voted with 55.20%, 1,269 votes.

The step prior to the primaries was the approval of the regulations and in this case 3,120 people participated (61.78% of the census of 5,050 people), of which 2,866 approved the regulations (91.86%), 100 voted against (3, 21%), 120 abstained (3.85%) and 34 voted blank (1.09%).

In the election of the presidency of the national council at the beginning of May 2021, when Anna Erra's candidacy was voted, there was a census of 6,424 members and 29.14% of the militancy participated, although only the mayor of Vic had options , since his rival did not obtain the endorsements. Josep Pagès was then also chosen as defender of the affiliate.

In the consultation on the agreement of the Government, a little later, the census was of 6,528 militants and there were 3,364 votes in favor and 689 against. The agreement that Jordi Sànchez sealed with Pere Aragonès was ratified by 83% of the militants, with a participation of 62%. In total, 4,053 people were mobilized.

At the Argelers congress, which took place in June this year, the census was 6,010 people. There were three separate ballot boxes, in which the president and the vice-presidents were elected, with the participation of 37.62% of the affiliates, 2,261. To choose the general secretary, the organization secretary and the finance secretary, there were 2,014 votes, 33.51% of the total. And for the rest of the executive there were 1,977 votes, 32.89% of the total. In the voting, although there were separate ballot boxes, Jordi Turull added 1,854 votes, the most, followed by Anna Erra, with 1,791. Laura Borràs stayed in 1776. Before the conclave, the regulations were voted, but the formation did not spread the census or the participation, only the ratification.

In June of this year there was another vote to appoint David Torrents secretary of organization and include deputy Ester Vallès in the executive after both were left out in the Argelers congress. In that case, 1,862 affiliates participated, 31% of the total. 62.41% voted in favor and 37.59% voted against. The former Interior Minister Miquel Sàmper, who had to resign from being in the leadership of the party due to incompatibilities, was also replaced in that consultation by his position in the Catalan administration and was replaced by Lluís Guinó.

In the second part of the Junts congress, in addition to approving the presentations, the president of the national council, 20 members of that body and other leaders were elected to positions such as the guarantee commission or the defender of the affiliate. On that occasion, participation, in most cases, did not reach 25%. To choose Josep Rull, 1,413 members voted, 23.51% of the total. To choose the national directors, the participation was 22.48%, with 1,351 votes. In order to have a new defender of the affiliate, Marcel Padrós, 1,279 people participated, 21.28% of the militancy, and for the guarantee commission, with several members, there were a total of 1,238 votes, 20.60% of the census.

*In order to prepare this information, data on participation in local primary processes or territorial elections for national councilors have been omitted.

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