Netherlands scraps mayor referendum
The Dutch parliament is doing away with local mayor referendums which have seen low turnouts in the past years.19 November 2008
THE HAGUE - A majority in parliament has agreed to scrap the election of mayors through local referendums as turnout for such referendums has been extremely low over the past years.
First introduced in 2001, only eight towns and cities have held a mayoral referendum. Three hundred mayors have since been appointed.
Turnout in the last two mayor referendums, in Utrecht and Eindhoven, was so low that the results were ruled invalid.
Candidates for mayoral posts are selected locally by a committee of councillors, and appointed by the cabinet, which usually rubberstamps the local nominee.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]