PARTICIPATION OF EU CITIZENS IN LOCAL ELECTIONS

The Brussels Commissioner for Europe and International Organisations has contacted international organizations, including NATO, asking them to inform staff about the right of non-Belgian citizens to vote in local (municipal) elections which will be held in Belgium on 14 October 2018.

Nearly 300,000 non-Belgian citizens live in the 19 communes of Brussels, representing a third of the potential electorate. Many of them work in international organizations.  EU citizenship gives every EU citizen the right to vote in municipal and European Parliament elections regardless of whether they are a national of the EU country in which they reside, and this under the same conditions as nationals. By voting in municipal elections they have a say on many issues that potentially affect their daily lives, such as development of their neighbourhood and its public and green spaces, cleanliness, parking, housing, and education.  Non-EU citizens also have the right to vote in municipal elections if they have been living in Belgium for 5 years or more.

Persons who intend to vote on 14 October have to complete a voter registration form and submit it to their local Commune, by ordinary mail or in person, before 31 July 2018.  The Commune will then confirm the registration by post.  Staff can download the voter form from the website of the Brussels Commissioner for Europe and International Organisations (www.commissioner.brussels) or pick one up at their local Commune.

Further information on this topic : click here or contact the Expat Welcome Desk (Tel: +32 (0)2 430 66 00).