Will you be voting for the first time in Luxembourg’s legislative elections on 14 October? Delano breaks down the main parties standing in this series of 7 articles, how they were founded and what they stand for today.
Please note, if any party is omitted, it is because they declined our invitation.
Since 2013, Luxembourg has had a coalition government, or the Gambia coalition as it was dubbed after someone pointed out the party colours represented matched those of the Gambian flag. It is comprised of the DP, LSAP and Déi Gréng.
This was a huge change since after WWII, apart from the five years between 1974 and 1979, the CSV had always provided the prime minister.
Immediately prior to 2013, the government had been composed since 2004 of a coalition of the CSV and LSAP under the leadership of Jean-Claude Juncker.
How many people do I vote for?
Voting is by constituency and the number of places for MPs varies between the four constituencies. Altogether, 60 candidates will be elected to the chamber of deputies/parliament in these elections.
You can vote by selecting a party list, which means each candidate on the list gets one vote, known as list suffrage. Or you can vote for individual candidates, known as vote-splitting. Remember not to vote for more than the number permitted in your constituency.
Need some guidance?
The Smartwielen (“smart voting”) site and app, available in English, French, German and Luxembourgish provides a ranked list of candidates and parties that best match the user’s political profile after they answer 43 questions.