Controversy in lead up to local and regional elections

Possible mal practice regarding the electin Castelló Town Hall

According an article published this week in the Levante Newspaper the Town Hall in Castellon, run by Spain’s main opposition party the PP, has allowed the inscription of 117 Rumanians on the electoral register. However, all 117 are registered as residing at the same address which happens to be the headquarters of Cáritas, a charity run by the Catholic church.

This situation means that as a result of registering numerous residents at the same address, approved by the local government, more than 100 people who possibly may not really reside in the area have been given the right to vote in the forthcoming local elections.

Conditions at the headquarters of Cáritas, which in reality is only an advice centre, are not those of a residence and according to the paper it is impossible for 117 people to live there.

The discovery of this situation opens the controversy once again over the race for the Rumanian vote in the local elections and the reports of PP run Town Halls in and around Castellon registering fictitious inhabitants on their electoral register.

So far the local government has not questioned the validity of the 117 Rumanians residency at the Caritas headquarters in Castellon and when a reporter from Levante Newspaper went to Castellon to investigate whether 117 Rumanians really lived in the Cáritas Headquarters nobody answered the doorbell.

This is the latest in a series of controversies in the lead up to elections next weekend. In several regions around Spain, parties have accused eachother of trying to inflate the electoral register in order to increase their own votes.