Archive for May 21st, 2019

This Sunday local elections for mayor and council members, provincial and European elections are taking place.
It is a privilege to vote for a mayor and council members on this magical island but the last few years I am confused about where we are heading. The tourist business is a big source of income for the island but I think we should also look at the island itself and protect it better for now and in the future.

As foreigners on this island we can vote for the local and provincial elections.

This year the elections for the local council are different from the last time. The last time the mayor usually had the majority in the council with his council members. This time there is a possibility that there will be no majority and all council members have to negotiate and work together to get things done. It all depends on the amount of votes every candidate council member receives from all three candidates.

I have looked at the three programs and they all promise a lot. I hope the new mayor and candidates will take a good look at how we can protect Skopelos better against dumping of waste, fire and water hazards. The recycling and re-using of materials should be supported by everyone. I also believe that Skopelos needs to acquire an identity known to everybody and we need the events and structure set up with it. The cultural and ecological identity is here on the island but nobody is doing anything with it. It is not used, nothing is organized.
I also would like the municipality to communicate better with its inhabitants and to structure various tasks better.

My advise to those who vote is to try and find the candidates that you know and ask them about what they are thinking of doing for Skopelos. On the basis of that you might find your candidates to vote for. You can choose three on one and the same list. You put a + in front of their name.

Foreigners who have registered to vote (the deadline to sign up has passed) can go on Sunday the 26th of May (and maybe again the next Sunday to give a deciding vote for which mayor is going to be elected) with their passport or identity card to the:
-Elementary school Skopelos (the old building) to room 373 A and B
-Gymnasium high school in Glossa to room 367 A and B and
-Elementary school in Elios to room 371 A and B

Skopelos all together with Dimitri Efstathiou candidate mayor

Link to their Facebook page: Skopelos all together
The program (in Greek):here

The candidates general council members, local council members for Skopelos and Glossa: here

Our island first with Stamatis Perisis candidate mayor

Link to their Facebook page: Our island first
The program (in Greek):
List of candidates: general council members island here

Local council members skopelos here

Rally for the people with George Anagnostou candidate mayor

(the candidate women)
The program (in Greek): here
At the end of this article you will find the candidates here

I know there is an independent group of people in Elios that can be chosen for local council members. Please ask in Elios for more information. I wasn’t able to find the info again.

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