Election update: Turnout expected slightly lower due to war in Ukraine

Election update: Turnout expected slightly lower due to war in Ukraine

After the weekend, the first ballot boxes will open for the municipal elections. We will keep you informed of updates from our campaigns on various locally and sometimes nationally relevant topics.

As mentioned before, the war in Ukraine has overshadowed the election campaign for the past two weeks.

Research agency I&O Research therefore expects that the war will lead to slightly lower involvement next week. Interest in the elections has grown little in recent months, a poll shows.

Comparison: In 2018, 55% of eligible voters went to the polls. This means that nearly three quarters of those polled said they would vote a week before the polls open. This week, that intent was significantly lower at 64%.

Most votes for local party

The poll also shows that local parties again jointly received the most votes. In 2018, 29% of voters voted for a local party, and now 35% say they will.

Among the national parties, the VVD is practically the frontrunner with more than 11% of the votes. This is followed by GroenLinks (7.8%) and D66 (7.5%). What is striking about this study is the decline in the CDA. The Christian Democrats are expected to lose about half of their voters.

Such a general picture also gives a distorted picture. For example, in 2018 the CDA received slightly fewer votes than the VVD, but more seats on the council than the local liberals.

There is still a lot to gain and a lot to lose, especially on the left progressive side. For PvdA, Party for the Animals, GroenLinks, SP, D66 and Volt, only a third of the potential voters know which party to vote for.

VVD, SGP and local parties do not have to worry about it. The majority of voters in these parties say they have no doubts about who to vote for.

Local politics must once again play an important role

Local politics is concerned with many important issues. Take, for example, the installation of wind turbines, centers or houses for refugees.

However, according to an advice requested by the House of Representatives, the Executive Board (ROB) concludes that local democracy is at a distance during the corona crisis.

For a long time, city councils had less say about corona policy and its consequences for the economy and society.

The corona crisis has important consequences for matters for which municipalities are responsible, such as youth care, mental health care, sports and culture.

ORB therefore recommends making decisions where they can be monitored. This is one of the most important tasks of local politics.

How much does it cost to be a consultant?

Aldermen receive a fixed amount based on the number of inhabitants of the municipality. Between 2018 and 2022, the amount of this fee increased by approximately 13%.

This year they earn at least 1,081 euros per month. In larger municipalities this could rise to about 2,650 euros per month, according to an analysis by the data agency local focus and news agency FATHER The statistics are based on data from the Netherlands (CBS) and the Dutch Association of Advisors.

Source: NU