“I did not want to anticipate, because I will receive the parties next month, in June, in the transition from June to July, to hear them about the call for elections to the Regional Legislative Assembly of the Azores,” he said.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa spoke to journalists at the end of a visit to the premises of Banco Alimentar Contra da Fome, in Lisbon, where he made a contribution via the 'internet'. Due to the pandemic, this campaign did not follow the usual patterns, in which volunteers collected donations from commercial areas.
“We are now going to monitor the health situation and, depending on what happens in June and July, this will be the call,” said the head of state.
In the view of the President of the Republic, “it is premature at this point to be speculating on whether there is a second wave, if there is a third wave, if there are difficulties, for example, of movement between islands”, pointing out that, if there are obstacles to movement ” it is evident that campaigning is very difficult ”.
“But why speculate? We will wait and see, ”he added.
In the regional legislative elections – still with no date defined by the President of the Republic – the 57 deputies are chosen who will sit in the Azorean parliament, by nine constituencies – one for each island in the Azores and a regional compensation circle.
The date on which they are held is defined by the President of the Republic, with a minimum advance of 60 days, or, in case of dissolution, with a minimum advance of 55 days, and is traditionally held on a Sunday between September 28 and 28 of October.
At the end of April, the parties in the Azores admitted as the only reason for an eventual postponement of regional legislatures this year the maintenance of restrictions within the scope of the pandemic, but pointed out different opinions about the moment for this reflection.
On Monday, the Minister of Internal Administration told the newspaper Público that the Government “is working on a scenario of maintaining the electoral calendar” in relation to the regional elections in the Azores, excluding a possible postponement of the electoral act due to the mitigation measures of the pandemic.
Portugal accounts for 1,302 deaths associated with covid-19 in 30,471 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest daily bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) on the pandemic.
In relation to the previous day, there are 13 more deaths (+ 1%) and another 271 cases of infection (+ 0.9%).
The Azores recorded 135 cases of covid-19 and Madeira recorded 90 confirmed cases, according to the bulletin released today.
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