Reports on Spanish radio this evening suggest that the judge investigating the postal votes in the Real Madrid Presidential elections, could be a day or so away from announcing his findings. It is being suggested that the Judge will rule that the postal votes, not counted in the original election, will have to be included in the results. If this is the case, Real Madrid may well have a new President before the end of the month.
This Judge's decision will add to an atmosphere of instability around the club that has been unresolved since Ramon Calderon celebrated victory in Real Madrid's presidential election on 02 July .The result was cast into doubt by a dispute over postal votes.
Angel Villar Mir, Calderon's electoral opponent, claims that a legal ruling just before the election provisionally disallowing postal votes could still be reversed and 8,000 votes mailed before then could produce a different outcome.
However, the electoral board of Real Madrid, rather than await a verdict from the law courts that would decide whether or not to count the postal votes, declared Calderon as President, stating “"The decision was made due to the fact we are unlikely to have a decision over the legality of the postal vote in the near future, and in order to allow the club to function properly and try to build a new era of sporting success"
Immediately after the election, Villar Mir said “Don't celebrate victory too soon, Senor Calderon, because the postal votes have to be counted,"
"The Electoral Committee cannot declare anyone as winner because there are still 8,000 votes to be counted; anyone who says he has won the elections is stating a falsehood." Said Villar Mir, Spain's finance minister from 1975-76.
It is possible, that if the courts rule that the postal votes are to be counted, then Villar Mir could become the next President of Real Madrid. Even Calderon admits that “Villar Mir had 5000 postal votes” although he added, “he wanted them snuck in.”
Not counting the postal votes Calderon received 8,344 votes, while Juan Palacios finished second with 8,098. Juan Miguel Villar Mir was third with 6,702.
The postal votes were suspended because, at the time of the decision, 3000 votes had been received at the stadium’s collection point.
However, police were called to the Bernabeu, when another 4000 ballots were suddenly found - reportedly in a cupboard. No one knows when or how they arrived.
With the date of the final decision regarding the postal votes unknown, Villar Mir claims this news " does not only not damage Real Madrid, it actually benefits the club as we will ensure that all members will have the right to vote by post."
Villar Mir has said he will respect any decisions made by Calderon whilst he is ‘provisionally’ in charge of the club.
However, supporters of Real Madrid will be desperate to see an end to a traumatic year that began when Florentino Perez quit as president. Elections were forced by the ousting of his immediate successor Fernando Martin in April after just two months in charge, however, he was unable to convince the board that he was a viable long-term replacement.
Supporter’s minds will not be eased by the persistent rumours that Perez is the man behind Villar Mir’s campaign.