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javeamigos.com | LOCAL ELECTIONS 2011 | How to VoteThe electoral system used for the local elections is the “party-proportional representation” system in which the voter opts for his party of preference and the party then wins a certain number of seats on the council that reflects their proportional share of the total vote. In Jávea, it only needs around 450 votes to gain one seat on the council.

Unlike the United Kingdom, there are no wards in Javea; there is no specific councillor responsible for a particular area in the municipality. The voter is essentially voting for hir or her preferred political party – and there could be as many as nine different entities from which to choose.

Each party will have already presented a candidate list which corresponds to the twenty-one available seats on the town council. The list will be in order of preference with the name at the top of the pile being the party’s candidate for mayor.

In the weeks before the election date – Sunday 22nd May – each registered voter will have been sent information about the electoral centre where they can cast their vote. And then, on election day, the voter attends that centre between 9am and 8pm and will be presented with several piles of white voting slips, each pile reflecting each party contesting the election. The voter takes the slip from the pile corresponding to his / her choice of party, folds it carefully and places it in the envelope provided. By the way, marking the paper in any way will invalid the vote. Once the identity of the voter has been checked at the administration desk – a passport or national identity card should be acceptable identification - the envelope is then placed in one of the election boxes and the vote is cast.

Once all the ballots have been counted, the political party with most votes wins the election and each party will be allocated a certain amount of council seats depending on their share of the final tally: the “proportional representation”. However, it is unlikely that any one party will win a clear majority, that is claim the eleven or more seats to take full control, so there will be plenty of talks between them to carve out a coalition to form the next town council and it may be one or two weeks before the new set of councillors is announced.

Tuesday 10th May 2011