All foreigners to be given right to vote in elections
16 August 2006, MADRID — Spain is to unveil on Wednesday a measure allowing foreign nationals who are not from the European Union the right to vote in local elections.
16 August 2006
MADRID — Spain is to unveil on Wednesday a measure allowing foreign nationals who are not from the European Union the right to vote in local elections.
The socialist government will announce a change in the regulations from next year, the Spanish daily El Pais reported.
Only those who have been granted legal status will be eligible to apply to vote.
The move could be significant because in areas with high immigrant populations, their vote could decide the result.
Already all EU nationals are eligible to vote in local town hall elections, according to EU regulations.
Around 200,000 EU nationals are registered with authorities and could vote in local elections.
There are another 1,858,091 non-EU nationals who cannot vote because Spain has not made agreements with their respective governments.
The agreement would allow Spanish nationals living in these countries the right to vote.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news