FUENGIROLA has finally selected a poster for its 2017 Feria Rosario.
The grand unveiling took place in the Critobal Blanca del Moral auditorium in the Parque de Espana, at an event which also featured a musical performance.
The poster for the annual feria, billed as “the Costa del Sol’s largest horse show,” caused some controversy after an initial public contest to choose the winning design was hacked, according to the council.
Members of dance schools and local clubs were forced to choose a design from three put forward by officials after the electoral fraud was discovered. The town’s council last month launched a criminal investigation after it was found around 741 “irregular” votes were cast, with one NIE number being used to make 338 votes.
The election was cancelled after computer technicians detected “a series of irregularities that can only be classified as very serious and a fraudulent use of the system,” suggesting their system had been hacked.
In June, a public contest was put together to choose a poster for the feria, with a prize of €3,750 up for grabs. Thirty works were submitted, but the jury, made up of municipal workers, decided not to award a prize, believing none of the works met the competition’s requirements. A public outcry followed, forcing the council to put the contest to a vote on their website in which only registered voters in Fuengriola could cast a ballot using their NIE number.
Only one vote per person was allowed but the competition’s second phase IT workers found an impossibly high number of votes had been cast..” Mayor Mula explained, “people who are not registered have been able to vote for a poster, something which should have been impossible. It is unfortunate that people who have voted honestly, meeting the requirements, have been disadvantaged by those people who have chosen to violate the system, I suppose to try to get the prize.”
The council has now submitted evidence, including identity numbers and IP addresses to a court to ascertain whether a crime has been committed.
The feria Rosario will take place from October 6 to 12, with the proclamation- a live performance marking the beginning of a feria- being held in the Palacio de la Paz, performed by local dance groups.
Ana Mula, the town’s Mayor, explained, “in January we met with the groups to suggest they get involved and they were very excited. They have been working for months to create a proclamation which I’m sure will surprise us all. It will be unique, meaningful and exciting, and above all I’m sure very artistic.”
The free event begins at 9.30pm on Friday October 6 before the event continues for six days, attracting horse riders and flamenco dancers to the streets of Fuengirola.