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1 Ato Harley Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

2 It is the first time I am going to vote Only Belgians can vote in the forthcoming provincial and local council elections I have to be a member of a Political Party to be able to vote for that Party I am obliged to go to the Polls I am obliged to vote Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

3 YES and NO For the provincial elections: Belgian 18 years Resident address in the province Not barred by a court of justice Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

4 No BUT for Belgians OPKOMSTPLICHT = Obliged to go to the polls Anyone resident in the city or within the local council 18 years Not barred by a court of justice (criminal offence or legally incapable) Exceptions: EU and Non-EU citizens Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

5 EU citizens Resident in Belgium Voting rights for the City and District Council elections Must declare intention to vote Register to vote Obliged to vote after registration (report at the polls = Opkomstplicht) Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

6 5 years un-iterrrupted and legally resident in Belgium Announce intention to vote in localityof residence Written declaration nationality Permanent residential address He / she will abide by the Constitution the laws of Belgium and the Agreements on Protection and respect for the fundamental human rights Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

7 Older than 18 years and sanctioned or banned by a court of justice Can not vote or authorise someone to vote on his / her behalf : sentenced for a criminal offence (someone in the cel or with prison sentence less than three months = can authorise another person to vote on his / her behalf) Obligatory admission into psychiatric institution Prolonged childhood Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

8 NO Political Parties Geographical interpretation of fault lines Organisation on the basis of vision of what life ought to be or can be Vision is presented to the voters to choose during elections Evolution from philosophical and ideological differences to thematic parties Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

9 One is obliged to go to the polls One is not obliged to vote Blanco Invalide vote Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

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12 Matters of provincial interest Issues that rise above local interests support in tasks upon request by other authorities (federal / local) Initiatives with aim to achieving cooperation between different local councils within a region Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

13 Sport and recreation Mobility Education Nature and the Environment Participation Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

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15 The composition of the local council = HET GEMEENTE BESTUUR Local parliament = elected every six years Governs together with the Board of the Mayor and Aldermen or Deputies Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

16 Functions or competences of the City Council Varies from city to city Administratie Archief Belastingen Bevolking Bibliotheek Brandweer Burgerlijke stand Buurtwerk huisvesting Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

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22 Setting priorities Rendering the best services How best finances can be managed The different visions of the different poltical parties Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

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24 CD&V LDD Open VLD Spa N- VA GROEN VLAAMS BELANG Other Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

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26 National politics not the same as local politics National politics: general / broad issues Local politics: specific / concrete issues = government closest to the citizens Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

27 Thermometer Elections determine the extent of programme acceptability Programme change Adaptation of new themes Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

28 By absolute majority Enough seats to govern alone Absence of majority Coalition formation = cooperative governance Opposition = Not entering into compromise of coalition Insisting upon the alternative way Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

29 Electoral promises draw clear lines between the different parties Enable the electorate to choose between the different options offered However, When No party gains the absolute majority The need for coalition government Working together = compromise = water with the wine Parties inability to fulfill their electoral promises Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

30 Attention!!!! Elections are like the market Political parties = sellers: advertise their ideas, visions, and candidates The voter = buyer: caveat emptor(the buyer must beware) Political discussions help : friends, family, colleagues,...;etc;etc; Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

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32 geldige stem Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

33 geldige stem Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

34 geldige stem Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

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36 The compsition of the local council Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen

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39 Ngondi Felicia Platform van de Afrikaanse Gemeenschappen


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