In three months time Catalunya will run a referendum upon independence- that Madrid has ruled illegal. Tough, says the generalitat it’s going ahead anyway. Trouble is, El País newspaper today reports that no private company wants to help organise the referendum. Conspiracy theorists are muttering about how los madrileños have been leaning on the private sector….. Only two companies bid for the public tender to supply the urns and voting booths – and both bids Continue reading Nobody wants to carry out the Catalan referendum
Opposition parties Somos Mojácar and the PSOE have joined forced in Mojácar to submit a joint complaint to the local electoral council (JEZ) and a local Judge denouncing irregularities on the padrón ahead of municipal elections. According to the complaint, the opposition parties have proof that the Mayor has been ordering by decree the inclusion on the local electoral roll of suspicious or potentially non-existent voters. The complaint alleges amongst other things that the Mayor Continue reading Opposition parties denounce electoral fraud in Mojácar
I’ve been looking at the number of EU residents and people from non-EU countries who are registered to vote in the municipal elections this 22 May. Remember that EU citizens are automatically eligible to vote in the municipal elections of the town they live in, but certain non-EU countries (listed below) have bilateral agreements with Spain to extend their suffrage. Across the whole of Spain, there are 104.479 Brits registered to vote, the second largest Continue reading How many foreigners are registered to vote in the municipal elections?
If you are on the padrón but not registered to vote (despite what many townhalls are telling you, these are two different things) you have one final chance to get on the electoral roll during the week between the 6th and 13th of April. All townhalls are obliged to carry out a final check of the electoral roll (exposición del lista censo electoral) during this week, so you can go to your townhall, ask if Continue reading Last chance to register to vote in the May municipal elections!
Rumours are spreading that the elections to the Junta de Andalucia may be bought forwards to coincide with the May municipal elections after President Susana Diaz ordered all provincial PSOE heads to a secret lunch next Tuesday. https://twitter.com/JaviRivero/status/556865252936388608 If she wants to convoke elections for May, then she must announce them before the 27th of January. The lunch is being held just before a meeting of the Andalucian council of government, and the law stipulates Continue reading Early Andalucian election alarm bells ring
Más of Catalonia warned last night that he refuses to rule out the possibility of “unilateral independence” for the region if Madrid continues to refuse to discuss greater autonomy for Barcelona. “It’s not our first option, or the best one, nor the one we want. But it is still our last resort” he warned Madrid. Más announced on Thursday that he would call a referendum on greater autonomy for the region in November, against the Continue reading “Unilateral independence still on the cards” warns Catalan President
And so we wakes up to news that the UK is facing a hung parliament, and the possibility -watching a very tired Mandelson spar with Paxman about it now- of Brown hanging on via a LD coalition. Terrible news for Spain, as the pound plummets on the news – from 1.19 last night to just over 1.15 over night. Think it´s going to go back up in time for the holiday season?