6,569 non-Luxembourg nationals living in the capital have registered to vote in the local council elections to be held less than a month from now.
Delano’s sister site Paperjam published, on 19 July, the figures on non-Luxembourgers in the capital who registered to vote in the communal elections of 2017. According to Paperjam, only 19% of registered voters in Luxembourg City are foreigners, even though they represent 70% of the overall population.
Only international residents over 18 years old and with a minimum residency of 5 years in the grand duchy are eligible to vote in communal elections.
French were the most represented international residents, with 1,549 registrations, followed closely by 1,422 Portuguese citizens. 180 British citizens were counted among the registered voters.
Paperjam quoted Lydie Polfer, the current DP mayor of Luxembourg City, who, on 14 July, cited an increase of 24.5% in the number of foreigners registered to vote in the capital since the last communal elections in 2011. Polfer drew these results back to the campaign “I can vote” which was launched in January 2017 by the ministry for family affairs and integration to encourage foreign nationals to sign up on the electoral register.
In total, 34,386 residents will vote for a new city council on Sunday 8 October. As of 1 January 2017, the capital counted 114,090 inhabitants.