The church in Rambrouch, where the peace has been shattered by controversy over the residency status of an LSAP candidate.
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Socialists angry over candidate exclusion
The socialist LSAP party in Rambrouch has filed a complaint with the mayor of the commune after one of their candidates for the October 8 local elections was struck from the population register.
The LSAP says in a press release that Laurence Depienne has had her main residence in the village of Arsdorf in the commune of Rambrouch for 13 years. However, when the party officially submitted its list of candidates at the commune on 5 September, it was informed that she was no longer on the population register and therefore ineligible to stand as a candidate. The LSAP says that Depienne was the subject of a police investigation regarding her residency after it first publicised its list of candidates back in March.
The party claims that the authorities may launched the investigation because Depienne is a Belgian nationality and her husband owns an apartment in Arlon. But these facts are “no grounds to question her residency status in Arsdorf,” says the party’s lead candidate in Rambrouch, Marcel Maack. “Why did the mayor wait for five months, until the middle of the summer holidays and shortly before the deadline for the submission of candidate lists, to act?” Maack asks. The mayor of Rambrouch is CSV politician Antoine Rodesch.