POLITICS & INSTITUTIONS - ECONOMY

Full house in Strassen



Local elections: Despite widespread publicity campaigns by the government and local authorities, far too few eligible non-Luxembourgers have registered to vote in this autumn’s communal elections.

So it was encouraging to see an audience of a couple of hundred  pack in to the Centre Culturel Paul Barble in Strassen on June 9 to hear speakers from the family ministry’s Luxembourg Reception and Integration Agency as well as from Luxembourg’s major political parties discuss voting rights and the issues at stake in the elections.

Speakers included Christiane Martin of the Reception and Integration Agency (OLAI), Luxembourg mayor Paul Helminger (Democratic Party), deputy mayor François Bausch (Green party), Fernand Kartheiser (Alternative Democratic Reform), Luc Decker (Socialist Party) and Lucien Thiel (Christian Social Party).

AMCHAM organised the event with the support of a wealth of local and international community organisations.

Non-Luxembourgers of any nationality who have lived in the Grand Duchy for the past five successive years--even if that has been in different communes--and who are over 18 years of age on election day, October 9, are eligible to vote. But they must first register on the electoral roll at their local town hall or citizens’ centre by July 14.

Details of how to register can be found at www.icanvote.lu.