Local election news, 16 February 2006

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New Wassenaar party seeks expat support

New Wassenaar party seeks expat support

A new political group is seeking the support of expats to challenge the dominance of the traditional political parties in the well-to-do district of Wassenaar in the local elections on 7 March. 'Wat Wassenaar Wil' (WWW), or What Wassenaar Wants, describes itself as an independent party which will represent all citizens of Wassenaar, also the many expats living in the area.  All EU citizens who are registered residents of Wassenaar, and non-EU citizens with residence longer that 5 years, may vote. "The municipal government of Wassenaar must be clear, transparent and service oriented.  It should point out what is possible rather than stress what is impossible," WWW leader Michiel Rahusen said. Wassenaar, he said, must no longer be among the municipalities with the highest municipal tax burden. For more information, see www.watwassenaarwil.nl

Venlo destroys 50,000 candidate lists

Venlo municipality has to destroy 50,00 copies of the list of candidates standing in the local election on 7 March. A spokesperson said on Wednesday the list contained several mistakes. In particular the addresses given for some candidates of the Labour Party (PvdA) were wrong. The PvdA complained about this as voters will often vote for a candidate in their town or district. A new list is being printed and will be posted to voters next week. Earlier this week it was announced voting cards sent to houses in Vlaardingen near Rotterdam were full of mistakes. They are also being reprinted.

Result by SMS

Residents of Bunschoten-Spakenburg can receive the results of the local election in the area by SMS. A spokesperson said Bunschoten municipality believes it is the first in the Netherlands to offer such a free service to the public.

Leefbaar Rotterdam improves in polls

Leefbaar Rotterdam has risen to 11 seats in the latest poll before the local elections on 7 March. A poll two weeks ago suggested the party would only win nine seats, down eight on its impressive debut in 2002. The latest poll suggests the Labour Party (PvdA) is on course to win 20 seats, one less than two weeks ago but nine more than in 2002.

Amsterdam Liberals reach out to expats

The Amsterdam branch of the Liberal Party (VVD) has signalled a readiness to meet with expats to explain why they should vote for the party in the local elections. "We did this four years ago and would like to do it again this time," the VVD's Teun Hubar told Expatica. Interested voters can click here to contact the VVD.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news + Dutch local elections

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