Probe into sudden rise in residents prior to elections

THE sudden increase in residents in the six months leading up to the mayoral elections has been flagged as ‘suspicious’ by the Electoral Census Bureau. The cases of 241 towns in Spain have been sent to the Electoral Board, 19 of these are in the Valencian Region, most are villages or small towns.

The Census Bureau had asked for an explanation following the discovery and the response from most was that they would try to clarify it, but their explanations were not accepted and 23 towns did not even bother to respond.

In order to prevent this type of fraud, the reform of the Electoral Law which came into effect in January requires the Census Bureau to publish a list of these municipalities for representatives of candidates to contest anything suspicious.

Candidates who are affected may file an administrative complaint with the provincial delegations of the Census Bureau before Monday April 11.

Finestrat was the only town in the Alicante Province and La Pobla de Benifass in the Castellon Province, the remaining 17 towns were in the Valencian Region.

They included Dos Aguas, Ador, Andilla, Antella, Benageber, Cortes de Pallas, Chera, Gestalgar, Llocnou de la Corona, Pinet, Rafol de Salem, Siete Aguas, Sot de Chera, Torrella, Valles, Villagordo del Cabriel and Zarra.

Burgos had the most number of cases (45) followed by Leon (28), Cuenca (18), Valencia (17), La Rioja (16), Asturias (10), Zamora (10), Caceres (8), Teruel (8), Lugo (7), Malaga (7), Salamanca (7) and Soria (6).

There are also suspected cases in the provinces of Badajoz, Cantabria, Valladolid, Albacete, Avila, Granada, Jaen, Palencia, Ciudad Real, Lleida, A Coruña, Huelva, Madrid, Ourense, Alicante, Castellon, Murcia, Navarra and Segovia.

By Nicole Hallett

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