28th September 2023
Sitges News

Junts per Sitges wins the local elections, with a tie in councillors with ERC and PSC

Junts per Sitges has won the local elections held on Sunday 28 May in Sitges, prevailing in a predicted and close match between the Esquerra Republicana (ERC) party and the Catalan Socialists (PSC), with whom Junts has shared a technical tie with four councillors each. ALSO READ: Pedro Sánchez announces General Election for Sunday 23 July.

The pro-independence Junts party, headed by Mònica Gallardo, obtained 1,874 votes. This is only 14 more than in 2019, but four years ago they had 14.84% of the support of the electorate and were the second most voted party, while this year they have increased to 16.9% as the most voted group.

This is the second time that the ‘convergent’ political group has won the local elections in the town. The previous one was in 2015, when Miquel Forns prevailed under the pre-Junts name of Convergència I Unió.

The first analysis from election night indicates that Junts were able to capitalise on the vote of dissatisfaction with the current council, to the detriment of the ERC and the PSC who had both shown a certain predisposition to repeat the coalition even if it was with a different combination of parties.

As predicted, the three most voted parties four years ago are once again in a similar position, with very little margin of difference. The ERC and PSC have ended up, respectively, with only 208 and 259 votes less than Junts. ERC obtained 1,666 votes (15%), while the coalition of the PSC with El Margalló achieved 1,616 (14.6%) and maintain the four councillors each that the two groups already had separately in the council.

The fourth most voted group has been Sitges Grup Independent, which increases its number of local councillors from 2 to 3. It is followed by the Greens En Comú Podem Sitges, who also gain an extra councillor – they rise to 2 – at the expense of a Guanyem Sitges which drops to one councillor.

Vox has secured enough votes to have one councillor, as have Fets per Sitges (maintaining the previous representation that Nacho Rubí had obtained with Nou Horitzó), and also the PP, which returns after having lost its representation four years ago. ALSO READ: Spain’s right-wing make significant gains in local and regional elections.

The parties that are left out are Valents, Solucions, Ciutadans and Convergents. Despite the sharp drop in participation, the lowest in the last 20 years and the lowest in the region, none of them have reached the votes needed to reach the minimum 5% of support.

ALSO READ: Former mayor Xavier Trias wins in Barcelona, but can he become mayor again?

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