Cit­i­zens to the fore

In­de­pen­dent move­ment launched for the lo­cal elec­tions

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By Nuria Pérez TWO ma­jor po­lit­i­cal events have taken place in Ori­huela Costa in the last week with an eye on the up­com­ing lo­cal elec­tions.

Po­lit­i­cal party CLARO held its an­nual AGM on Fri­day – and on Sun­day around 200 peo­ple at­tended the pre­sen­ta­tion of the new cit­i­zens’ move­ment AE Ori­huela Costa 2019 with the aim of tak­ing part in the May elec­tion.

CLARO’s AGM elected a new pres­i­dent, Swedish ex­pat He­lene Akerman, with David Lorenzo sec­re­tary gen­eral and Bob Houlis­ton, Paul Pic­cio, An­to­nio Cerdán, Stan­ley Colville and Nar­ciso Silva elected as com­mit­tee mem­bers.

For­mer pres­i­dent Román Jiménez and an­other 15 long stand­ing mem­bers – some of them founders of CLARO – de­cided to re­sign.

Sr Jiménez told Costa Blanca News that he was ‘ashamed of the poor image of the party at the AGM’.

He claimed that dozens of peo­ple who had never at­tended meet­ings or par­tic­i­pated in ac­tion in the past had sur­pris­ingly voted in this AGM for Mr Houlis­ton’s team.

“We have been work­ing very hard this year on CLARO’s re­vival and have launched the fi­nan­cial au­ton­omy cam­paign, but now I am sure that the party will fade away,” he said.

“I will keep on fight­ing for a bet­ter and in­de­pen­dent Ori­huela Costa, but I will not join CLARO again.”

The AGM unan­i­mously ap­proved a mo­tion on po­lit­i­cal strat­egy based on the need to ac­quire ba­sic in­fras­truc­ture and ser­vices for Ori­huela Costa.

How­ever, it is un­clear if the party will par­tic­i­pate in the up­com­ing elec­tions.

“Given a chang­ing and un­cer­tain po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion, the AGM agreed a pol­icy of wait and see be­fore tak­ing a de­ci­sion re­gard­ing the Ori­huela mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion in May,” notes a CLARO press re­lease.

“This pol­icy takes ac­count of the launch of an Ori­huela Costa cit­i­zens’ move­ment aim­ing to con­test the com­ing elec­tion.

“This is po­ten­tially an im­por­tant new fac­tor in Ori­huela Costa but at the mo­ment it is not pos­si­ble to pre­dict its suc­cess.”

On Sun­day res­i­dents at­tended the pre­sen­ta­tion of the cit­i­zens’ move­ment AE Ori­huela Costa 2019.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tions, ex­pat com­mu­nity and traders’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and school par­ents’ as­so­ci­a­tions par­tic­i­pated in the event.

Co­or­di­na­tor of AE Ori­huela Costa 2019, Iván Pérez, said the aim was to unite the whole of Ori­huela Costa and fight to get rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the coun­cil to pro­tect the in­ter­ests of the coast.

Sr Pérez said that the move­ment is not linked to any po­lit­i­cal party and it has been started due to the out­rage and aban­don­ment felt by res­i­dents.

He pointed out that the coun­cil has more than €30 mil­lion from the auc­tion of land in Ori­huela Costa, but it has been un­able to start or com­plete any of the in­fras­truc­ture works which the coast needs and has been de­mand­ing for many years.

The as­so­ci­a­tion needs the sup­port of at least 1,500 reg­is­tered vot­ers in Ori­huela Costa to be able to present their can­di­da­ture in the May elec­tion and will launch a cam­paign in the new year to get the sig­na­tures.

Those in­ter­ested in join­ing or con­tact­ing AE Ori­huela Costa can visit the web­site ae­ori­huela­costa2019.org.

The pre­sen­ta­tion of cit­i­zens’ move­ment AE Ori­huela Costa 2019

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