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Partido Popular wins draw to control Tolox council after election tie

The president of the local electoral commission holds up the winning paper.
The president of the local electoral commission holds up the winning paper. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • The draw for power in the village took place on Friday after the PP and PSOE obtained 603 votes each in the municipal election

PP candidate Bartolomé Guerra will keep his job as mayor of the village of Tolox in the Sierra de las Nieves, after winning a tie-breaker draw held in Malaga city's court complex on Friday morning.

Control over the local council was left to the luck of the draw after both the PP and PSOE parties obtained 603 votes each in the municipal elections.

representatives of the PSOE, Hermógenes Alonso, and the PP, José Luis Montes, shake hands after the draw..

representatives of the PSOE, Hermógenes Alonso, and the PP, José Luis Montes, shake hands after the draw.. / S. SALAS

On Friday the central electoral commission upheld a decision to declare a damaged voting paper in favour of the Socialist PSOE party null and void.

The paper, which would have given the PSOE electoral victory, had been cut in several places.

While previous reports had suggested that the winner would be decided by tossing a coin, in the end one of the journalists covering the event was asked, with the agreement of both parties, to choose one of two sealed envelopes placed on a table.

At the end of the draw the representatives of both parties shook hands. The candidates, Bartolomé Guerra (PP) and Francisca García (PSOE) had agreed not to attend the draw in person.