Less than 30% of the population can determine the make up of the Luxembourg government
Photo: Christophe Olinger
Politics: An online petition demanding that non-Luxembourger residents be granted voting rights is gathering pace.
Luxembourgers and foreigners are showing their colours by signing a petition calling for non-Luxembourgers to be given the right to vote in national parliament elections. “Pétition publique n°346”, submitted by dual national Pierre da Silva, has so far received over 570 signatures.
Da Silva, a union representative, launched the petition on April 17 in response to a petition submitted by ADR politician Joé Thein ten days earlier “against opening up the vote to non-Luxemborgers”. Thein’s petition has so far only been signed by 332 people.
Thein, a 22 year old student and a local councilor in Petange, wrote his petition as a reaction to plans announced by the government last autumn to hold a referendum on foreigner’s voting rights in 2015.
The petition remains open on the website of the Chamber of Deputies for six weeks, that is until May 29. If it has received more than 4,500 signatures by that date, a parliamentary debate will be held at the petitions commission with members of the relevant parliamentary committee and a maximum of six petitioners.
The debate will not be open to the public, but will be broadcast by the parliament’s own television channel Chambre TV.
Delano and Maison Moderne are supporting de Silva’s petition. Close to half of the population of the Grand Duchy is made up of non-nationals, meaning that the government is determined by as little as 29% of the population.