Elections for the presidency of the CCDR are on the 13th of October

José Apolinário should succeed Francisco Serra

Elections for the chairpersons of the Regional Coordination and Development Committees (CCDR) are scheduled for 13 October. The order that officialized the date for the holding of indirect elections was published this Thursday in Diário da República.

The order, signed by the Algarvian Jorge Botelho, Secretary of State for Decentralization and Local Administration, determines that «the indirect election for president of the CCDR takes place on October 13, 2020, at a municipal assembly meeting that can be called specifically for this at the end, simultaneously and uninterruptedly in all municipal assemblies».

The indirect election for the CCDR vice-presidents will take place on the same day, in the premises of the inter-municipal communities and metropolitan areas, "simultaneously and without interruption in all inter-municipal communities and metropolitan areas".

In the case of the Algarve, José Apolinário is the candidate chosen by the PS to succeed Francisco Serra as president of the CCDR, considering that the electoral college is composed of mayors from the region, the vast majority of which are from the PS, the election should only be pro-forma.

José Apolinário, who was deputy and president of the Chamber of Faro, has been, since April 8, regional coordinator of the fight against Covid-19 in the Algarve, first in the state of Emergency, then in Calamidade and now in Alerta. A role that, in addition to his previous and current experience as Secretary of State for Fisheries, has given him in-depth knowledge of the Algarve situation.

The rules that were defined for these indirect elections determine that candidates for the presidency and vice president (the other vice president is chosen by the Government, to ensure parity) must be nominated by a party with representation in the region or, in the in the case of independents, submit a candidacy process signed by 15% of the electoral college composed of elected mayors.

The ordinance that frames these elections, which take place for the first time in history - before, it was the Government that chose the president of the CCDR, the entity that represents the Central State and is responsible for the management of European Union Funds in the different regions - determines that the electoral college is composed of the presidents of the Chambers, Municipal Assemblies and Parish Councils.

In the Algarve, of the 16 municipalities, ten have socialist mayors and even more are PS Municipal Assemblies presidents (13). At the level of the boards, the Socialist Party has almost two-thirds of those elected, 45 out of 67.


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