17,000 non-EU nationals enrol to vote

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16 August 2006, BRUSSELS — A total of 17,065 non-EU nationals have registered to vote at Belgium's local elections in October, official statistics revealed on Wednesday.

16 August 2006

BRUSSELS — A total of 17,065 non-EU nationals have registered to vote at Belgium's local elections in October, official statistics revealed on Wednesday.

In percentage terms, 15.71 percent of eligible non-EU voters have registered with electoral authorities, news agency Belga reported.

That is 6 percent more than the available figures two weeks ago and Wednesday's statistics are said to be the definitive figures.

Of the EU nationals living in Belgium, some 110,973 registered to vote for the 8 October local elections, representing 20.94 percent of the potential EU voters.

In Brussels, 6,622 non-EU nationals or 15.66 percent of the eligible non-EU voters have registered to vote, 5,352 or 12.62 percent in Flanders and 5,091 or 21.3 percent in Wallonia.

Controversial legislation dating back to 2004 granted the right to vote to non-EU nationals who have lived in Belgium for at least five years. To be eligible, foreign residents also had to agree to respect Belgian law.

The deadline for voter registrations was 31 July.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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