New Councils until 2023
n May 26th, inhabitants of all municipalites in Spain voted to determine who would run their councils until May 2023. Persons eligible to vote were all Spaniards over the age of 18, EU nationals who had applied to vote (which still included ex-pat Brits because Brexit hadn’t happened) and those people with reciprocal voting arrangements between their country and Spain.
percentage since 1991) and Turre. In many municipalities the situation this time is unchanged from 2015 with the same political parties being voted in again, and this applied to Zurgena, Arboleas, Bédar and Garrucha where the PSOE-A triumphed, and in Turre and Mojácar where the PP retained their majority.
In Almería province this applied to 475,287 people and this included 16,329 from the EU or other countries. This was up by 1,235 people compared to the last elections in 2015, and postal votes went up by 36% from 13,408 in 2015 to 18,211. This number will include former residents of Almería province who now work in other parts of Spain or abroad, people who couldn’t go to the polling station on the day, or unfortunately, any fraudulently obtained postal votes. The total Almería Ayuntamiento number of postal votes worked out as being 3.8% of all votes, slightly up on the national average. There were two major upsets and one of these was in Los Gallardos. The Ciudadanos party The political parties PP (Conservative) and the PSOE- obtained 7 seats out of the total of 11 with the A (Socialist) put up candidates in all of the 103 very high turnout. In Albox the result was municipalities. The Ciudadanos (Conservative) party sensationally different! The very voluble and did this in 34 municipalities, the IU ‘United left’ party dogmatic ex-mayor Rogelio Mena was banned in 28, the ultra-right wing Vox party in 20, and the from holding office for 30 months in 2015 just left wing Unidos Podemos party in just 8. after his party gained 9 of the 17 seats. When the ban was lifted he immediately insisted that The PP party traditionally receive the most votes he was absolutely entitled to be the mayor and in Almería province and this time they obtained threatened legal action if he wasn’t, but neither 111,393 votes and the PSOE 97,200 (up from of these things happened. This time, the previous 94,000 in 2015). A new major concern is the Vox mayor, Francisco Torrecillas, put up candidates party who gained 30% of the votes in El Ejido, from a new political party, ‘Unión de Ciudadanos where immigration is seen as a problem, in the Independientes’, and they gained 10 seats. Rogelio recent General Elections, and 7 out of the 15 Mena and the next person on his list only obtained municipal council seats on May 26th. Overall, they 2 council seats, so he is now firmly in opposition only obtained 2.9% of all the votes so this was with no salary, expense account or official car. not a huge success but they are a very worrying If a political party obtain less than 100 votes these extreme ultra-rightwing party. are apportioned out between the other parties In various municipalities the turnout was very voted in. This happened in Bédar and Mojácar high, and 79% of those people entitled to vote where the IU party only obtained 26 and 97 votes did this in Antas, 78% in Los Gallardos (up 10%), respectively, and in Cantoria where the Ciudadanos 71% in Garrucha and Mojácar (up 6%, the highest party only obtained 82 votes.
The Almeria Focus is a local directory and magazine distributed monthly in the Almeria province of southeast Spain.