Over the past 2 days there have been various reports in the local press about a political problem at the Ayuntamiento de Antigua. From what I can understand, Gustavo Berial the Partido Popular PP)Councillor, in charge of Urbanism and the Environment, wasn’t happy with the decision by the Mayor, Juan Jose Cazorla (Alternativa por Antigua – APA) to take away the Waste and Street Cleaning responsibilities from him and transfer it to the Councillor in charge of the Primary Sector. As a result there has been a war of words and Berial has ‘resigned’ from his position, while the Mayor has said that Berial hadn’t met all his responsibilities.
The other PP councillor, Hugo Flavio Estevez Barbuzano, has publicly stated his continued support to the coalition.
The situation is that there is a coalition of APA, PP and AMF ruling the council as it stands.
Monday 10 September – The Executive committee of the PP party have declared that the coalition with APA is broken. They are awaiting for the Mayor to respond.
Local elections are due to be held in May 2019 to elect the new councillors. For any residents here it is worth getting on the electoral register as only a few votes can make a difference in who gets elected, as you can see from the 2015 results:
APA 1,058 votes and 7 seats
CCa-PNC 689 votes and 4 seats
PP 427 votes and 2 seats
PSOE 363 votes and 2 seats
AMF 287 votes and 2 seats
NC-IF 148 votes and no seats
PPMAJO 145 votes and no seats
ANC 112 votes and no seats
NF 62 votes and no seats
Foreigners can register to vote on the island, but can only vote in the local (Ayuntamiento) and European elections. They cannot vote in the Fuerteventura Cabildo, Gobierno de Canarias or national elections. Very strange!