“We did not achieve our objectives,” says José Maria Neves 03 July 2012
PAICV chairman and Prime Minister José Maria Neves guarantees that his party is in the midst of a “democratization process” and that its performance in last Sunday’s municipal elections merits a critical assessment, one that is expected to take place in the very near future, during the next meeting of the party’s National Council. The PAICV leader acknowledges that his party has failed to achieve the objectives it set for the elections, which was to have its mayoral candidates elected in at least 12 of the country’s 22 municipalities.
After reminding those present that the PAICV has “never” won a majority of the municipal chambers in the country in municipal elections, José Maria Neves stressed that it was not the central government that was being evaluated, but rather local authorities – the performance of municipal administrations, mayors and electoral platforms. Even so, he expressed his belief that there had been a lack of “strategies and political management” on a local level, and that the PAICV had indeed come out of the country’s sixth municipal elections defeated.
Asked to comment on opposition leader Carlos Veiga’s declaration that the PAICV’s loss in the municipal elections was “a message of discontent from the population with regards to the government’s policies,” José Maria Neves retorted, “Carlos Veiga is touchy. He lost the elections when he himself was being evaluated, and was left very resentful. If I were in his shoes and I lost the legislative elections, I would immediately resign from the leadership of the party,” advised José Maria Neves, who once again took the opportunity to stress the fact that “there is no direct relation” between the municipal, legislative and presidential elections in Cape Verde.