Mayors see crime as key to votes

Mayors see crime as key to votes

Post ID: 40214 | POSTED ON: Aug 19, 2013

Leaders of Kirchnerite BA districts blame security for primaries loss

BUENOS AIRES — Kirchnerite mayors pointed to high crime rates as one of the main reasons why the ruling Victory Front (FpV) lost the primaries in the Buenos Aires province, giving hints of the strategy government-allied leaders will follow to improve their showing in the October midterm elections.

“You can finish pharaonic public works … but then a neighbour is killed, and you can’t compare a person’s life with any kind of public work,” said Hugo Curto, mayor of the Greater Buenos Aires district of Tres de Febrero.

For his part, La Matanza Mayor Fernando Espinoza said that among the reasons why Kirchnerism lost the province “70 percent were due to crime”, while “another 20 percent” could be blamed on the decision of the national government to not increase the income tax floor.

“People need security,” Curto insisted while talking to radio programme El fin de la metáfora in FM Nacional Rock.

Meanwhile, Espinoza also pointed at the lack of time to install top Kirchnerite candidate and Lomas de Zamora Mayor Martín Insaurralde as a possible cause for the defeat, said Espinoza, who as leader of La Matanza rules a huge Greater Buenos Aires district, home to some 1.7 million people.

The homicide rate in the province — 7 per 100,000 residents — is higher than in the Buenos Aires City and other places in Argentina but far less than other populous districts in Latin America, official reports revealed in June.

It’s no coincidence that Curto and Espinoza insist on this matter — Tres de Febrero (part of the San Martín municipality, which has a homicide rate of 11.6 every 100,000 residents) and La Matanza (9.6) are the two most violent districts of the Buenos Aires province.

Espinoza was confident that the FpV “will overturn” the results of the primaries and go on to win the province — which makes up for 38 percent of the national vote — in the October 27 general election. Read More

Source : Buenos Aires Herald

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