Thursday, 4 June 2009
Elections for the European Parliament
Voting in the European Parliament elections
Between 4 and 7 June 2009, 375 million European citizens will have the opportunity to vote for the politicians who will represent them at Brussels over the next five years. EU citizens who are registered residents in the Netherlands can cast their votes on 4 June.
I've just cast my vote. Our polling stations are located in schools or other public buildings. I went to a school at a five minutes' walk from home. I know the ladies at the desk and after a talk about the benefits of one united Europe and especially the euro,which saved our nations from bankrupcy, like the case was in Iceland, I took a photo of them.
The upcoming elections for the European Parliament are the biggest transnational voting exercise in the history of mankind. 736 new MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) will be elected between 4 and 7 June in 27 member states. Two of these, Bulgaria and Romania, are participating for the first time in this exercise.
MEPs are elected for a five-year mandate by universal adult suffrage, and there is no other body that gets elected directly.