Spanish local elections: Best of a bad bunch

LAST UPDATED: 27 Apr, 2011 @ 07:34
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Spanish local elections: Best of a bad bunch

A STAGGERING 100 candidates standing for mayor in the forthcoming May elections are currently being investigated by the courts.

Over a quarter of those being investigated are in Andalucia, with 11 from the PSOE and nine from the PP.

The crimes range from bribery and corruption to planning irregularities.

Overall in Spain, more than 50 per cent of those being investigated are from the PP party with 35 per cent working for the PSOE.

Only time will tell if the electorate will punish corruption with their votes.

A few local examples include:

ALHAURIN EL GRANDE

The current PP mayor Juan Martin Seron and his planning boss Gregorio Guerra are on trial for corruption in November, while PSOE candidate Cristobal Bonilla is also facing one-year in prison and a two-year ban from public office for illegally building a house and swimming pool.

MANILVA

The current IU mayor of Manilva, Antonia Munoz is charged with crimes against Public Administration with 108 counts of illegally favouring friends and relatives when recruiting staff.

FUENGIROLA

PP Councillor Ana Mula, the minister of Town Planning, has been accused of forgery by the PSOE party for altering plans allowing a road to be built in the La Loma area in September 2010.

CORDOBA

Mayoral candidate Rafael Gomez Sandokan is being investigated for his involvement in Marbella’s Malaya trial. This has not stopped him from setting up his own party to fight the elections.

GRANADA

PSOE candidate Francisco Cuenca is charged with bribary in a vote buying case.

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  1. Please print the entire list before the elections…we are in one area where danger of re-election of corrupt mayor and his gang who have been under investigation is imminent! We’ve had enough!
    Please note:
    En Facebook: Manifestación por una democracia real ya!! Málaga

  2. The list is larger than anyone could imagine. I believe that anybody standing in northern European countries cannot have a court case pending against them. With only a few weeks to go, Spain is letting itself down by allowing these farcical local elections to go ahead.

  3. Come on give us the list!

    If the Egyptians can jail a government minister, Zuhair Garranah, for 12 years for corruption, profiteering and money-laundering why does Spain, an EU member, just ban it’s minor local politicians from office for a few years for similar crimes while the rest seem to get away scot free?

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