1 July 2019

Universitat Pompeu Fabra professor Andrés Betancor resigns from the Central Electoral Board citing personal reasons


Months later, it will be revealed that he had been working as an adviser for Ciudadanos, the party that had nominated him for the position, since his appointment in October 2017. As a member of the Central Electoral Board, Betancor had participated in key debates on the independence process and the conduct of elections between 2017 and 2019. In some cases he had ruled on appeals presented by Ciudadanos, as in the case of the banner supporting the 1 October political prisoners hung by Quim Torra, as well as in the case of Carles Puigdemont, Antoni Comín and Clara Ponsatí’s candidacy in the European Parliament elections. In fact, on 15 May, following the disqualification of the candidates,Junts per Catalunya-Lliures per Europa had filed a complaint against Betancor and another member of the board, Carlos Vidal (in this case nominated by the PP) for prevarication, but the complaint was rejected.

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