Adeje residents will be pleased to know that the council is doing more than paying lip service to integration and multiculturalism, and that the governing socialist group has included an expatriate in its list of candidates for the local elections in May. And Adeje residents will be equally pleased to know that the expatriate concerned is the well known and very popular English Time presenter on Radio Sur Adeje and council communications officer, Clio O’Flynn, originally from Dublin but now a long-standing resident of Callao Salvaje and member of that town’s neighbourhood association, Cosmos.
The socialist group approved their electoral list on Thursday night with a unanimous vote by all 135 members present at the meeting. The list is headed by current mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, and includes candidates for councillors to represent the municipality’s different neighbourhoods and backgrounds of the residents who make up Adeje’s population.
Mayor Fraga said, “The primary message we are sending with this list is one of renewal, along with hope, enthusiasm and a commitment to the people of Adeje. This is a very active party, with energy, plans, ideas, and people behind them. We want to meet the needs of the people of Adeje and look ahead to four more years of advancement, and the construction of a complex and diverse borough”. He added “there are no fillers in this list, every one of the individuals on this list could be a councillor. I am extremely proud and immensely satisfied because everyone has taken a step forward in this plan. We have a huge number of people we can depend upon. These (on the list) are the ones we have chosen, but the list could also be much much longer”.
The electoral process in Spain uses the D’Hondt party list proportional representation system whereby each party draws up a list of candidates prior to the election, and the public who are eligible to vote pick the list they wish to vote for rather than individual candidates. Once the votes are cast the seats for each party are allocated in proportion to the number of votes received. For example, if a party wins one-third of the votes then it should gain one-third of the seats. EU residents, as well as those from countries with an electoral pact with Spain, and who are on the electoral census, can vote in the local elections.