Of all the islands, Majorca accounts for the largest foreign voting community with 9.922 European Union and Norwegian voters.
1.348 foreign residents are eligible to vote in Ibiza, 924 in Minorca and finally, 269 on the smallest of the Balearic islands, Formentera. As Spain's deputy prime minister Rodrigo Rato made clear to the Bulletin during the week, all of the political parties are aware of the importance of the foreign vote. Both the PSOE socialist party, which leads the present coalition government, and the opposition conservative Partido Popular, have held special election rallies for the foreign voting communities. Sources for both the two main parties have made it clear that in some local council elections, the foreign vote could prove crucial.
In municipalities such as Soller, Pollença, Alcudia and Deia, for example, the number of foreign voters has at least doubled over the past four years.
In Andratx, the number of foreign voters has risen from 258 in 1999, to 561 while in Escorca, the same foreign voter who cast his or her vote in 1999, will be doing so again and in Villafranca, this time around there are four foreign residents enrolled to vote compared to the one in 1999. But, albeit the single vote in Escorca or the 2.381 in Palma, Rodrigo Rato said that the foreign voters are very important as the government wants and needs to hear the needs of the foreign community. At the last local elections, there was a great deal of talk about parties being set up for the foreign community, one German businessman did in fact establish a local party to care for German residents in Majorca, but four years on, no foreign party is standing. Political campaigning officially kicks off this week across the Balearics and Spain and in the case of the Balearics, the May 25 elections are going to be very important. Deputy prime minister Rodrigo Rato said in Palma this week that the local electorate has to understand that it has the chance to decide how it wants to live and the quality of life it enjoys for the next four years next month and should give serious consideration to the local issues being presented by the local candidates for the political parties.
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