Controversy over expenses arises as elections approach

TEN political parties are campaigning to secure votes for the May 22 local elections in Mojacar, leading residents to fear that this will dilute the chances of any one party from obtaining a majority vote. Seventy per cent of the population in Mojacar is composed of foreign residents of some 35 nationalities. Some 40 per cent of them are British ex-pats.

An interview by Actualidad Almanzora last month with opposition councillor Pedro Montoya, gives an insight on the political situation in Mojacar.

For two and a half years he claims to have been constantly requesting Town Hall receipts and having finally received them, he says that what most caught his attention was “the objection that the intervening services have for each bill. The law is not being carried out”, he continued, “there is no clear form of payment and some companies are being prioritized in comparison to others”.

“The law says that all receipts should be paid in order of seniority, but there are some that are never paid, while others are paid immediately”.

Montoya also accused the mayor of having the habit of “spending money and then justifying it” whereas the correct procedure is the contrary, first the money must be justified and then spent.

The newspaper asked Montoya about the local football pitch, over which the mayor won the battle against the opposition, who voted against modifications of the project, then voted in favour the next day.

He replied “The method used was social blackmail; I will explain my case. My seven-year-old nephew was cowardly informed, that his uncle did not want him to play in the junior championship that was planned for a few days later. I tried to explain to him the reasons why, but he could not understand and simply cried. This football pitch has not only cost more than planned, it is not even finished.”

To rectify our article of edition 1341 (p4) Jessica Simpson is the leader of ‘Mojacar Positiva Se Mueve’ not ‘Ciudadanos Europeos’, which is led by Angel Medina.


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