In all, only 27 voters said they would like to vote in person in the UK until December 5, 23 at the Consulate General in London and four at the Embassy in Manchester.
This is what happened to Marina, who lives in the British capital, and considers it “easy and safe” for the complaints of some with the uncertainty of postal votes that many immigrants have complained they did not receive.
“It was a little annoying because they brought me here to present identity documents, but after that I had no reason to complain,” he told Agência Lusa this morning.
He said it was not difficult to repeat the vote in the voting circle as he lives nearby and some Portuguese friends were frustrated that they did not get votes by post, adding that there were conflicts even between two persons of the same couple. .
It was because he did not get the vote that Jonah Fresca went to the consulate in the hope that he could vote, but at the door, the security guard confirmed that his name was not on the short list.
“I’ve been here for about 10 years and I never got a postal vote,” he complained, acknowledging that for some years he had kept an address in Portugal related to his citizenship card.
Although he tried to inform her in advance to make sure he could vote, he admitted that he had recently updated his current address via the Internet after the registration books closed on November 30, 2021.
“Initially, I went to Portugal twice to vote. It was unfair and I was very disappointed because I think I could vote in person,” she said today, realizing she had “not fulfilled her civic duty”. .
The London Consulate General’s polling station will remain open until 7:00 pm tonight, while Manchester will be closed until 1:00 pm on Saturday.
Direct voting for the re-election of Portuguese residents in Europe takes place today and Sunday, and postal ballots must reach Portugal by the 23rd.
The remaining voters will be able to vote by post, making their choice on the ballot sent and sent, which should include a copy of the identity document.
The lack of a copy of the identity card in the countless votes cast by immigrants led to the resumption of early parliamentary elections on January 30 in European circles.
More than 157,000 votes, 80% of the total, from voters in Europe’s circle were annulled by law, without a copy of the identity card, after the ballot was mixed with invalid ballots during the count.
The Constitutional Court (TC), called to pronounce the annulment of those votes, declared the elections in these legislatures invalid.
Following the TC’s decision, the National Electoral Commission (CNE) decided that individual voting in Europe would take place on March 12 and 13 and that postal votes would be considered if received by the 23rd.
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