At the electoral level, in the case of Ahuachapán, for example, 12 mayors will no longer be elected as in 2021, but only three for Ahuachapán Centro, Ahuachapán Norte and Ahuachapán Sur; each one of the three mayors will choose the place where he will establish his headquarters and, thus, each one of the 44 municipalities.
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San Salvador. After President Nayib Bukele’s announcement to reduce the number of municipalities in El Salvador, from 262 to 44, the Political Commission of the Legislative Assembly began on Wednesday the study of the proposal presented by the Minister of the Interior, Juan Carlos Bidegain.
The commission has scheduled the appearance of mayors and various authorities to express their opinions regarding the proposed reduction and thus issue an electoral reform that legalizes this initiative.
Municipalities of the West.
The opposition has started a campaign that the representatives of Nuevas Ideas consider “disinformation” to cast doubts on the population, whose opinions are slightly divided as to whether or not they support the reduction of municipalities.
The latest survey from the Francisco Gavidia University shows that 38.1% of the population gives their support and 39.4% disapproves; a 16.9 has doubts about it.
Some speeches issued on social networks by opposition deputies show that the main argument to attack the initiative is that the various populations will lose their identity and that many people will lose their jobs.
But during the presentation of the initiative, Minister Bidegain explained that the current municipalities will be 262 districts, which will not lose their identity or administrative offices and will be able to continue celebrating their patron saint festivals and traditions.
Each person native or resident of their present municipalities will continue to identify themselves as originating from the districts of Ahuachapán, Atiquizaya, Tacuba, etc., but not from Ahuachapán Centro, Ahuachapán Norte or Ahuachapán South.
The Fiesta de Los Farolitos will continue to be part of the district of Ahuachapán (currently a municipality) and its patron saint festivities will continue to be dedicated to the Dulce Nombre de Jesús, in the month of February of each year.
Thus, at the electoral level, in the case of Ahuachapán, for example, 12 mayors will no longer be elected as in 2021, but only three for Ahuachapán Centro, Ahuachapán Norte and Ahuachapán Sur; each one of the three mayors will choose the place where they will establish their headquarters and thus each one of the 44 municipalities.
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