Maio boils, with PAICV lodging five complaints against MpD 20 June 2012
Behind-the-scenes campaigning for the upcoming municipal elections has begun to heat up on the normally quiet island of Maio. To begin with, the candidates running under the banner of the PAICV presented five complaints against their adversary from the MpD, incumbent mayor Manuel Ribeiro.
The first complaint was lodged against José Carlos dos Santos, the number four name on the MpD’s ticket. The PAICV claims that the candidate “constantly violates item 6 of article 97 of the Electoral Code, which calls for the neutrality and impartiality of public entities.”
The complaint argues that Santos “uses the public service vehicle where he works to campaign in favor of his candidacy, wearing a T-shirt sporting the symbols of his political party in the electoral circle in question,” reads a note signed by Maio PAICV campaign manager Daniel de Pina. The PAICV presented five witnesses in the complaint, including the commander of the local National Police squadron.
Another complaint was lodged against Matilde dos Santos da Graça, number 7 on the list of substitutes for the MpD’s municipal assembly ticket. The PAICV claims that she has “violated” items 1 and 4 of article 97 of the Electoral Code. According to the complaint, Graça “works at the local Ministry of Rural Development delegation, where she is responsible for the Cascabulho work front, and is an MpD candidate in the July 1 municipal elections in the Maio electoral circle.” However, “she did not suspend her functions beginning on the date of the formal presentation of the candidacy.”
Along the same lines, the PAICV accuses Maurício Monteiro Andrade, number 13 on the MpD’s list of substitutes for the municipal assembly ticket, of violating the same article of the Electoral Code, given that he is responsible for the “Cascabulho Youth Center and is a candidate for the MpD in the July 1 municipal elections in Maio” and also “failed to suspend his functions when he presented his formal candidacy.”
In another complaint that has also been lodged with the National Elections Commission, the PAICV says that “on the day of the official kickoff of the campaign, the MpD held parties and manifestations that went beyond midnight, which violates item 7 of article 107 of the Electoral Code.”
This is not all, however. The PAICV also claims that the MpD “violated article 108, item 2 of the Electoral Code on June 15, 2012,” by “continuing with sound propaganda (rally and music) beyond 11:30 pm.” In order to back up its claims, the PAICV has cited local National Police squadron sub-chief Carlos Alberto Tavares as a witness.