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Public consult on Aguakan not likely to meet minimum majority vote

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Aguakan consultation that was included in the June 5 vote was not as successful as authorities had hoped. On June 5, voters in Benito Juárez, Solidaridad, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres were also given a ballot to vote whether or not Aguakan stayed.

The “yes” or “no” ballot was the first popular consultation on the private controversial water company that provides services to Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres.

Electoral advisor, Elizabeth Arredondo Gorocica, said that the citizens of the four municipalities were consulted on the revocation of the company’s concession.

“This participation mechanism is transcendent for the democratic exercise in our state. The link with the citizens and the government must go hand-in-hand, allowing the direct decision-making of citizens on matters of general interest in their municipality, in their state, in their district,” she said.

On June 5, while voting for a new governor, very few voters cast their opinion in the “yes” or “no” check box on the Aguakan ballot, failing to meet the necessary 35 percent participation level.

Of those cast, to date, 26 percent of voters in Cancun checked a box, while only 22 percent did so in Isla Mujeres. In Puerto Morelos, INE reports 22 percent of voters took the time to vote on Aguakan while only 12 percent in Solidaridad voted.

INE representatives continue to count the ballots cast and will announce their official figures on June 12.