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The inhabitants of the town of Almendralejo will have to select their municipal flag on the Internet, as announced on 10 April 2006.
The municipal administration asked the help of the Sociedad Española de Heráldica y Vexilología to design the proposals. Based on historical and heraldic research, four proposals were made. The electronic vote shall be an opportunity to show the inhabitants of Almendralejo the potential of the new technologies for the improvement of the local life and citizens's participation in it.
The electronic vote is supported by the Plan for Technological Literacy and Free Software, set up by the Council for Infrastructure and Technological Development of the Government of Extremadura, and managed by the Regional Association of the Peoples' Universities of Extremadura, jointly with the Municipality of Almendralejo.
The four proposals are shown on the same website, also used for the vote [I have not attempted to vote, I guess this will be possible only for the inhabitants of Almendralejo]:
The coat of arms is white with an uprooted tree (probably an orange tree) and the shield is surmounted by a crown.
Ivan Sache, 19 Apr 2006
The result of the electronic vote for the (s)election of the municipal flag of Almendralejo has been reported by Gonzalo Parra in "Hoy Digital." The electronic process was secured so that every citizen of Almendralejo could vote only once.
The winning design (336 votes) is proposal #1, described as "a rectangular flag in proportion 2:3, vertically divided in three white-green-white stripes of equal width, with in the middle of the flag the coloured municipal coat of arms.
The elected design will be approved on 26 June 2006 by the Municipal Council as the local flag and should be later approved by the Government (Junta) of Extremadura.
Source: "Hoy Digital," 31 May 2006
Ivan Sache, 02 Jun 2006
I wonder how they managed to do that and to safeguard the process against fraud and multiple voting.
Colin Dobson, 03 Jun 2006
The new coat of arms and the flag of Almendralejo have been adopted by the Municipal Council on Lundi 26 June 2006. The councillors from PSOE and PPE have voted for the proposals, the councillors from IU (Izquierda Unida – United Left) against them. The flag was elected by the inhabitants of Almendralejo during an electronic vote I have described in detail in earlier messages.
Source: "El Periódico Extremadura," 28 Jun 2006
Ivan Sache, 01 Jul 2006
Extremadura's in the west of Spain – is the gyronny flag evidence of historic links with Portugal (the Portuguese border being about 60 km east)?
James Dignan, 04 Oct 2010
It would be necessary to check the rationale for this flag background upon its design. Almendralejo is not far from the border, but the big city of Badajoz lies in the way, and thus the local influence of Portugal is small.
Not all gyronny municipal flags in Spain symbolize a connection to Portugal, note. The best-known cases, with established historical connections, are Olivenza and Ceuta.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 08 Oct 2010