So the results are in. Across the province, the PP lost control of the county council (Diputación) to the PSOE: 41 townhalls to 39.
In Mojácar, RosMari returned with a landslide, and let’s be honest, even if postal votes are discarded she still won (7 councillors against UM’s 2, PSOE’s 2, Somos Mojacar’s 2).
Small towns such as Bédar, Los Gallardos etc returned the same old institutionalised mayors as they always have: they usually belong to the PSOE, but even if they leave the flag and become independent, they would have won.
Garruch saw a swing to the PSOE after the PP party split.
Across the province, the parties controlling townhalls are:
- PSOE: 41 (40.2% of the vote)
- PP : 39 (38.24% of the vote)
- IU: 3 (2.49%)
- AVL: 1 (0.98%)
- AIpAL: 1 (0.98%)
- ADEPART: 1 (0.98%)
The PP won the big cities but in a bitter victory. Almería city was retained by the PP but as a minority government. However they retained El Ejido and actually returned an extra councillor. Again in Roquetas the PP won as a minority government. Podemos didn’t contest these local elections, but Cuidadanos did and became the third most voted electoral party, replacing the IU which saw its vote disappear – not just in Almería but across Andalusia.
But the fat lady hasn’t sung for many of the smaller villages: towns like Turre, which was retained by its Mayor Arturo Grima in a minority government, are sweating ahead of a possible coalition which will oust them next week. Expect plenty of interesting stories over the next few days!
What is surprisingly true is that the Brits have voted in this election, but not as expected. The provinces with the most Brits seem to be hovering about the 65% turnout, a respectable amount.
Albox returned it’s PSOE mayor with the same number of councillors, but the PP lost one to CILUS. Zurgena went to the PSOE which surged from 4 councillors to 7. And… well, I can’t be bothered to write them all out. Check out the official results for more information.