Election Update: War Overshadows Municipal Election Campaign –

Election Update: War Overshadows Municipal Election Campaign –

The polls will open for the municipal elections on 14, 15 and 16 March. We will keep you informed of updates from our campaigns on various locally and sometimes nationally relevant topics.

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Local elections when war breaks out elsewhere on the continent. It has often been difficult to draw national attention to the city council, and it is not getting any easier now that Russian troops are advancing en masse into the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

For example, municipal financing is almost forgotten when there are lively local debates about the central government on which municipalities are most financially dependent.

Calls from nearly eighty small municipalities that gathered at K80 in the Netherlands last week to demand more money from these resources fell silent.

These municipalities, with a maximum of twenty thousand inhabitants, oppose the new distribution of the municipal fund that is planned for 2023. As a result, large cities earn millions, while the “small” ones get less. Home Council.

Not partying with Baudet and Wilders

At the start of the municipal election campaign a few weeks ago, some parties paid a lot of attention to what not to do.

GroenLinks, D66, CDA and VVD called on their local groups not to attend a conference with FVD and/or PVV.

“It is our duty to protect our democracy”, says Jesse Klaver, leader of GroenLinks, about the exclusion of these radical right-wing parties.

From a national point of view, this call may be understandable: the parties want to reach the widest possible audience.

It should come as no surprise that GroenLinks and D66 do not want to run radical right-wing municipalities. This is less clear for the VVD and the CDA: these parties were once working on a tolerance building with the PVV at national level.

Prior to last year’s parliamentary elections, debates arose about whether the parties wanted to sit in a cabinet with Thierry Baudet’s FVD.

Party leaders Mark Rutte (VVD) and Wopke Hoekstra (CDA) led cautiously. Rutte insisted not to cooperate “if necessary” and Hoekstra felt that it was “not possible”.

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But as usual, the national intervention backfired. Local branches of VVD and CDA were also far from planning to exclude FVD and PVV in advance, according to research by BNR between the thirty municipalities where the parties are eligible.

The word is the first for the voter, it is equal BNR The often quoted answer to the question of whether PVV and FVD should be excluded as board partners.

Another recurring phenomenon is the well-known list pusher, who announced in advance that he would not be on the board, even if sufficient preferential votes were obtained.

For example, Maarten van Rossem (PvdA in Utrecht) and Tim Coronel (local party Nieuw Elan in Alphen aan den Rijn) indicate that they do not consider themselves suitable as advisers. Election fraud or more attention for the elections? Political scientists are divided on this.

The truth is that the popularity of municipal elections has lagged considerably over the years compared to the elections to the House of Representatives. With a participation percentage of 55% in 2018 and almost 80% last year, you can safely say that all this extra attention is welcome.

Source: NU