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Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 4:29pm
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Sheila64

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We now have the right to vote in next weeks's elections. Is there any information available written in English, that will tell us what each party stands for? This is for the Orihuela Costa and also for the EU. Costa Blanca News appears to only interview candidates in Torrevieja. Thanks

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Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 6:12pm

I'd just do a bit of Googling if you've not had any mailshots from the various parties. For example:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_parties_in_Spain

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics_of_Spain#Political_parties

http://progressivespain.com/politifile-a-guide-to-spains-political-parties/

I was talking to a Spanish friend of ours this afternoon, and he said he wan't going to bother voting as, whoever gets into power, they all end up being corrupt. 

We'll vote on the 26th, but still aren't sure who to vote for. It would be nice if other forum members would express their opinions.

We've already returned our postal votes for the UK elections to the EU, and for the first time in our lives we've voted Lib-Dem as they seem to be against Brexit. 

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Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 6:33pm

Thanks Jim, I'll certainly look at those links. Like you, I would like to read any opinions from other forum members. It's good to get different points of view before deciding.

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Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 7:48pm

jimtaylor wrote on Thu May 16, 2019 6:12pm:

I'd just do a bit of Googling if you've not had any mailshots from the various parties. For example:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_parties_in_Spain

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics_of_Spain#Political_parties

http://progressivespain.com/politifile-a-guide-to-spains-political-parties/

I was talking to a Spanish friend of ours this afternoon, and he said he wan't going to bother voting as, whoever gets into power, they all end up being corrupt. 

We'll vote on the 26th, but still aren't sure who to vote for. It would be nice if other forum members would express their opinions.

We've already returned our postal votes for the UK elections to the EU, and for the first time in our lives we've voted Lib-Dem as they seem to be against Brexit. 

I'm still waiting for my postal vote from the UK. I did check a couple of weeks ago that I'm on the list, but nothing has arrived.

I missed the deadline for the Spain vote so have to wait until next January :-(

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Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 7:49pm

Sheila64 wrote on Thu May 16, 2019 4:29pm:

We now have the right to vote in next weeks's elections. Is there any information available written in English, that will tell us what each party stands for? This is for the Orihuela Costa and also for the EU. Costa Blanca News appears to only interview candidates in Torrevieja. Thanks

If you go online to your ayuntamiento there is a mass of information about all the candidates.

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Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 7:53pm

Thanks Ray.

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Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 8:12am

Hi Ray,

Obviously your town hall is better than ours! There is nothing on their website. Having googled though I am interested in C.L.A.R.O., as they have formed a coalition with Podemos and Cambiemos and appear to fight for local issues. So that's the local election sorted, now I need to decide who to vote for in the EU! As Jim said, most Spaniards say that they are all corrupt anyway, but what's new! 😀

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Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 9:50am

Sheila64 wrote on Fri May 17, 2019 8:12am:

Hi Ray,

Obviously your town hall is better than ours! There is nothing on their website. Having googled though I am interested in C.L.A.R.O., as they have formed a coalition with Podemos and Cambiemos and appear to fight for local issues. So that's the local election sorted, now I need to decide who to vote for in the EU! As Jim said, most Spaniards say that they are all corrupt anyway, but what's new! 😀

Yes Catral website is sending out various partido messages daily and there are notice boards about them on just about every street corner. I had a quick look at Orihuela Costa ayuntamiento website and found nothing, but probably not surprising given the different nationalities.

There are a couple of smaller, more local partidos in our town who are expecting to do well, so we wait and see.

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Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 12:53pm

I bought this weeks's Costa Blanca News and they have interviews with the 5 candidates for the Orihuela Costa. The more I read makes me more undecided. I would love to hear from others what they think of the parties previous track records.

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Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 6:09pm

Hi Sheila,

Given the raw deal that Orihuela Costa has been getting for years from the city's town hall, I believe CLARO is your best option.  An article from this week's "Leader" explains the background:

http://www.theleader.info/2019/05/16/orihuela-costas-struggle-for-identity/

I was going to reply to you this morning, but was interrupted by a ring on my door bell.  When I went to the gate, I was greeted by Formentera's mayor, a town councillor and the council's legal consultant, hoping to secure our vote for the PP.  They handed me a glossy, full-colour brochure of their manifesto - which is probably an indication of the resources that the bigger parties (PP, PSOE, Ciudadanos, Podemos) have access to.  Spain's fractured political landscape also includes LV (their 'Green' party), Izquierda Unida (the far left), Vox (far right) and a handful of region-specific parties, particularly in the north of Spain and in the Basque and Catalan regions.  However, because of Brexit, I chose to vote for the EU elections in the UK, rather than Spain. 

I'm pro-Europe and usually a Lib Dem voter, but with Vince Cable standing down as party leader this year, it feels like they've lost momentum and haven't capitalised on what should have been a much stronger performance this year.  Instead, I was going to vote for the new Change UK party, which is also pro-Europe - they've made 5 pledges in their manifesto and I agree with every one of them - but with their lead candidate in Scotland resigning this week and recommending voters should back the Lib Dems instead, I'm concerned about the pro-Europe vote being split, resulting in no seats in the EU parliament.  Fortunately, I have a proxy vote in the UK, rather than postal, so I'm watching developments closely and may still change my mind!

Kind regards,

Kim

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