Local elections: low turnout forecast worries party leaders

28th February 2014, Comments 5 comments

Politicians taking part in a television debate ahead of next month’s local elections said they were concerned about the low turnout forecast.

Local authorities are being given an increasingly important role and it is even more important that they have good quality executives, party leaders said during the debate on the Pauw en Witteman talk show.

Polls indicate the turnout could be below percent.

Four years ago it was just over 54 percent.

"This is a real problem," said Alexander Pechtold, leader of the D66 liberal democrats.

During the debate, the leaders of the VVD, PvdA, CDA, SP and D66 discussed employment initiatives, tax increases, healthcare, housing and education.

Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-immigration PVV, declined to take part in the debate, Nos television said.

The PVV is only fielding candidates in The Hague and Almere and is set to become the biggest party in both cities.

 

© DutchNews.nl

5 Comments To This Article

  • jericho posted:

    on 3rd March 2014, 10:22:48 - Reply

    I flushed my town hall voting ballot down the toilette in a Belgian shopping village. Felt quite good.
  • elvis posted:

    on 28th February 2014, 11:30:06 - Reply

    Sometime ago, I asked IND/Townhall as if I could apply for a permanent residency without the stupid inburgruing exam. They told me No. I explained my credentials, publications, education, etc.; the rude person told me "the dutch does grant any exemption based on education".

    Now they send me a slip to come and vote? I got you three words: GFU.
  • daisy posted:

    on 28th February 2014, 11:10:17 - Reply

    Everybody knows this website is run by the communist appeasing people behind the leftist parties. That's why they delete anti-government/Dutch comments.

    Everyone can read how much the expats hate the dutch communists running the cities, and robbing expats from the rights to exercise full ownership rights on their acquired homes (like disallowing expats to ask normal rental rights against normal prices, instead of imposed social prices, etc) - just go have a look on dutchnews website! and expats feel completely robbed to their knickers, after 52% tax on a modest salary, another tax on bank and a final one at death. Everybody knows this place called holland likes to pretend it is heaven for expats, when it is really hell and one should try get out of it asap.

    It is not surprising at all. The Dutch -and that includes the politicians who had to date, never had the balls to stand up for the expats when they were bullied against by numerous 'well known' Dutch- are now simply as openly hated back by the expats, the same way they openly showed hatred towards the expats. We have just gone from polite in the past...to taking over the same rudeness the Dutch like the show. Because expats won't take it any longer to be bullied by the Dutch in every single leftist newspaper. Enough is enough, after 10y wait, right. they have proven that they are xenofobes who won't change, ever - the whole bloody world knows about it, so we might as well just openly hate them back,expats agreed on that in silence, and it shows, cs expats suddenly no longer talk graciously about them in places like dutchnews and here, but chose to rightout bully them back.
  • Bruce posted:

    on 28th February 2014, 10:44:31 - Reply

    The problem is these people have forgotten that they are public servants. Once they have been elected the needs of the electorate are quickly forgotten, and they set about feathering their own nests ('good quality executives' = higher remuneration) and squandering public money. And they wonder why there is voter apathy!!
  • elvsi posted:

    on 28th February 2014, 10:01:58 - Reply

    Reason is probably lack of freedom of expression: when I comment and my comment is removed what do you expect?

    If the election slip from the town hall was a bit softer, I could use it as toilette paper.