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Spanish Elections

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Spanish Elections

Post Posted: Wed May 25, 2011 3:24 pm

For the last couple of weeks I have been on the Election trail in my local town of Sax, and I was selected as a candidate for the Partido Popular where I was a credible 14th (out of 23) on the list of candidates. I was selected to represent the foreign population, (German, French, Dutch, English), who reside in Sax and the surrounding area, there are some 150 families of English descent living in the area and I managed to speak to around 50 of them in the two weeks that we were allowed to canvas for votes, I speak English, German, and Spanish.

I spent a long time trying to get the Expat community to take an interest in using their vote that they were entitled to, and explaining to them the voting process here in Spain. So on Sunday 22nd of May, Spanish Election day, I was on duty at one of the polling stations all day, which started at 08:00am until 20:00hrs when the polling stations closed and I witnessed only 5 Expats voting in my station. There were four other polling stations to which I could not tell how many other Expats voted in, but even so it was a very poor turn out.

During my campaign prior to Election Day, I heard the same old story about the current mayor that she was not interested in the Expat community and that she refused to step in when there were a genuine reason for complaint, all I can say on this matter is, if the Expats wanted change then they should stand up and be counted and use their vote, if you don’t vote then don’t complain when something affects you on a personal matter, this is typical of a winging Brit attitude and is rampant here in Spain.

Oh and by the way, the party (P.P. Partido Popular) that I represent won in our town elections, so no doubt now that my name is on the Town Hall list and a Union Flag is on my desk I will get to hear all the complaints from those who did not have the guts, energy, of inclination to get off their fat butts to cast their vote.

David.


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Re: Spanish Elections

Post Posted: Thu May 26, 2011 2:05 am

I can well understand your disappointment and frustration after putting yourself forward as a candidate only to be faced with so much 'apathy' from abstainers.

In my village (of 722 registered voters) only 513 bothered to vote, 15 of which made a null vote.

I would say that 209 'non-voters' (about 23% of the electorate) was a disgusting turnout, however (in my case) I had to wait in a queue with the Mrs and 3 year old daughter for 40 mins at the side of a busy road in the heat of the day. The Polling stations were open for 12 Hours and I refuse to consider that all 722 of the eligible voters turned up at the same time as I did.

I know for a fact that many did turn up to vote only to lose patience and turn away, how many came back to vote later in the day, I don't know.

AND there was just 5 votes in it.


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Re: Spanish Elections

Post Posted: Sat May 28, 2011 10:43 am

Out of the 500 registered Ex-Pat voters in our area only 50% voted.

How can we complain about services if we do not vote?


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Re: Spanish Elections

Post Posted: Sat May 28, 2011 2:52 pm

- casaianda

Out of the 500 registered Ex-Pat voters in our area only 50% voted.



Hey 50% your very lucky that they turned out to vote, its always the same anywhere in the world, we love to compare what we have in England to where we live, but are a poor lot to make a change and get involved, and the perfect excuse is;

"We are too old to learn the language of the country we live in"

Rather, we are too lazy to learn the customs, language, culture, history, of the country we complain about and live in, I have lived in Spain for nine years now, learnt the language, history, culture, politics, made lots of local friends (Spanish) to help me understand and learn the language, and not complain about the way we are treated by the local Mayor who hates foreigners, English, French, German etc, and now I have been able to do something about it, stood up for myself and got voted into office.

But there again it’s left to those who stand up and are counted, to defend those who are too “English” to do anything for themselves. A very good friend once told me, “If you want to be a homeless person, hang around with the homeless, if you want to be accepted by the Spanish, make friends with them”.

Enough said.

David


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