The Spanish club Barcelona announced, in an official statement today, Friday, that the club’s presidential elections have been postponed due to the high incidence of the new Coronavirus.
After tight restrictions were imposed in the Catalan territory by the authorities.
The elections were scheduled to be held on January 24 but were postponed due to movement restrictions imposed by the Spanish government to combat the epidemic.
The regional authorities reached today, during a remote meeting with the club, not to grant an exemption for the purpose of holding the elections.
The postponement of the elections will lead to the absence of a new administrative director in the last week of the winter transfer period this month.
And the future of Argentine star and captain Lionel Messi will remain unresolved for a longer period.
Messi’s contract expires at the end of next June when he can leave the club for free after he failed in an attempt to secure his exit last summer.
Barcelona have postponed their upcoming presidential election, which had been set for January 24, due to fears around the coronavirus pandemic. pic.twitter.com/KO22Oxktqs
— Goal (@goal) January 15, 2021
No new election date has been set, but the club said in a statement that it would ask the Catalan regional government to allow people to vote by mail.
On Thursday, the club announced that Joan Laporta, Victor Font, and Tony Frica were officially able to obtain the minimum number of signatures to accept their candidacy for the presidential elections, amounting to 2257 signatures necessary from affiliates of the club.
The three candidates are seeking to succeed Josep Maria Bartomeu, who ended his turbulent term as president in October after mounting pressure from the crowd and his public feud with Messi.