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Around 200 additional people have registered to vote on the Orihuela Costa, partly thanks to the information table in the town hall, which has been staffed by volunteers since October.

According to the Institute of National Statistics, who sent out a total of 3,625 postal communications to those people who were newly registered on the padrón since the last elections, there were 4,733 foreign residents on the Orihuela Costa registered to vote at the end of September, to which the 200 must now be added, thus meaning almost 5,000 foreigners, out of the near 36,000 total population of the coast are now registered to vote, but that figure equates to less than 5% of the population of the municipality.

The latest overall census figures published in August revealed that the number of residents in the coastal zone was 35,599. Of that figure, 18,177, more than half, are British citizens, although there are a total of 71 nationalities represented.

As the deadline for registering is fast approaching, the 30th of December being the final day, it is crucial that anybody who wishes to try to make a difference registers to vote, in order to have your voice heard in the elections in May next year.

Despite many residents persistently voicing complaints throughout this and previous political administrations, in the last municipal elections the total voter turnout was just 42% on the Orihuela Costa, whereas in the city the figure was 75%.

The message is clear for those people on the coast who feel that they have been neglected, the only way to have the needs of the Orihuela Costa recognised is to register and then vote in the elections.

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