RIGHT TO VOTE OF EU RESIDENTS – RESIDENCIA NO LONGER REQUIRED
In reply to a question by C.L.A.R.O. Councillor Bob Houliston, who had raised the issue at the meeting on voting rights in the Civic Centre on 14 November, Martina Scheurer confirmed that those on the municipal padron would no longer require RESIDENCIA in order to register to vote for municipal and European Parliament elections. The Mayor said he would ensure that this clarification was provided to all local government officials in charge of the Padron. At the same meeting on 14 November, it was confirmed that RESIDENCIA was not required to register on the Padron, although those who register without Residencia will be recommended to apply.
These are important clarifications enabling more people to register on the padron and to register to vote. As of today, only 15% of the non-Spanish padron-registered EU residents, who count for some 85% of the population of Orihuela Costa, are reregistered to vote. As a result, Orihuela Costa, with a third of the total population, has no significant voice in the running of the local government – only one independent councillor, Bob Houliston. It is essential to have more councillors directly elected from Orihuela Costa. Using the right to vote in local elections is the solution. Remember, you can register to vote at the Padron desk of the Playa Flamenca office of the Town Hall AT ANY TIME – only Padron plus identification (passport) and photocopy of the latter required. REGISTER TO VOTE NOW!!