Local election results in Luxembourg — what has changed in the balance of power
The results of the local elections were the most awaited news since yesterday. Even more so for politicians than for ordinary citizens. The overall statistics for the regions help to understand the distribution of party influence in the country.
In the local councils, the LSAP party is extremely stable. It still has 155 seats. The DP's results have improved slightly — they have even gained 26 seats and can now send 134 representatives. The gréng and the CSV, on the other hand, have lost votes. The two parties have lost 13 and 16 seats, respectively.
The situation for mayors is less clear. Some municipalities kept their mayors. In Luxembourg, for example, Lydie Polfer won by a wide margin. In other districts, the results left everyone waiting until the very last to find out. For example, the difference in votes between the leaders of Rammerich, Bettendorf and Differdange was very small.
In the communes, the differences are much smaller, which makes the electoral race a very exciting one indeed. Fortunately, the results have been officially published. Everyone can now see the list of politicians who will represent their region.
Election system in Luxembourg
Election to Luxembourg's municipal councils is open to anyone living in Luxembourg over the age of 18. This has been a result of last summer's reform. The five-year residency requirement was removed. People feel that regardless of how long they have lived there, they have the right to participate in the organisation of public life.
Anyone who has reached the age of majority (18 years) at the time of the election and who is a permanent resident of Luxembourg may vote.
An application had to be submitted by 18 April 2023 at the latest in order to vote. Special training courses have been organised for the general public. They explained the political structure of Luxembourg, how the electoral system works and how to get involved in voting.
Lectures were given in English, Portuguese and French.
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