115,000 non-EU expats can vote in October

27th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 March 2006, BRUSSELS — Up to 115,000 non-European nationals could avail of their new-found voting rights in Belgium's October local elections.

27 March 2006

BRUSSELS — Up to 115,000 non-European nationals could avail of their new-found voting rights in Belgium's October local elections.

The Flemish Minorities centre said a maximum of 45,000 non-EU residents in Flanders will vote on 8 October. In Brussels and Wallonia, 70,000 foreigners are eligible to vote.

This will bring the national total to a maximum of 115,000, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Saturday.

Non-EU immigrants will be able to register to vote at the local elections if they have lived in Belgium for five years and declare they will respect Belgian laws.

The deadline for expats to register is 31 July.

The Flemish Minorities Centre has compiled an information brochure explaining procedures and urging foreigners to vote. Information evenings are also being planned.

Besides non-EU nationals, EU citizens are also able to vote at local elections.

The minorities centre's information folder (in Dutch) can be found here: www.vmc.be.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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