More than 90,000 agents will guarantee security in the 23J elections

The security device that will ensure security during the next general elections on July 23 will be made up of a total of 90,282 members of the State Security Forces and Bodies. Of these, 28,792 belong to the National Police (to which must be added 99 agents from the unit attached to the Generalitat Valenciana) and 41,054 to the Guardia Civil.

For their part, and in the territories under their jurisdiction, the Mossos d’Esquadra will deploy 4,055 agents, the Ertzaintza 1,217, the Navarre Foral Police 23 and the Canary Islands Police another 67. The device is completed by 14,768 agents from different municipal police forces.

In the breakdown by autonomous communities, Andalusia is the one with the greatest police deployment, with 18,636 agents, followed by the Community of Madrid, with 10,775 troops; Catalonia, with 9,108 agents, and the Valencian Community, with 9,083.

Election security device 23J

Instruction 7/2023 signed by the Secretary of State for Security, Rafael Pérez, on June 26 establishes a set of security and protection measures that allow and guarantee that the fundamental right to political participation can be exercised on July 23 in optimal conditions of freedom and security, and protected from those threats aimed at disturbing their normal development.

Among other things, this instruction includes the general guidelines for the coordination and operational action of the different State Security Forces and Corps that participate in the police device for the protection of election day, as well as the protection measures of the electoral system, all whose infrastructures will be considered ‘critical’ and already have the necessary security deployment.

In addition, the order of the Secretary of State establishes a set of preventive, reactive and coordination measures in the event of possible incidents in the field of cybersecurity that may affect the networks and information systems that support the computer systems related to elections, campaigns , public and electoral administrations, as well as other relevant actors in the matter, ensuring the security of all computer aspects of the electoral process and guaranteeing the holding of general elections.

With this objective, the instruction includes an Extraordinary Cybersecurity Device coordinated by the Cybersecurity Coordination Office of the Ministry of the Interior and in which the units of the Security Forces specialized in cybercrime and the national reference Computer Emergency Response Teams will participate.

The security program for 23J has already passed the preliminary phase, which began on June 28, and is in the alert phase, which will last until Friday, when, at 8:00 p.m., the critical phase will begin, designed to provide protection for the end-of-campaign acts, the day of reflection and the voting day on Sunday 23 until the closing of the polling stations, the transfer of the documentation related to the scrutiny and the completion of the electoral activity.