On Wednesday, 21 March 2018, The Hague will elect a new city council. Many international residents can vote in these elections and can have their voices heard.
Are you eligible to vote?
International residents may vote when they:
- have the nationality of an EU member state;
- have non-EU nationality but have lived and have been registered in the Netherlands for an uninterrupted period of 5 years;
- live in The Hague on the basis of a treaty between an international organisation and the Dutch state.
All voters must be 18 years or older on election day and must be a registered resident with the Municipality of The Hague before 5 February 2018.
Foreign residents who have been posted to the Netherlands on a diplomatic mission are not permitted to vote.
How to vote
If you are eligible to vote, you will receive your voting pass at home. This pass allows you to cast your vote in the polling station of your choice within The Hague. At the polling station, you will be handed a voting ballot containing the parties taking part in the elections and the names of the candidates standing on their behalf. You will find the VVD on list nr. 5.
Vote for a vibrant, safe and green city
The Hague is a great place to live. And it could be even better! Here is what the VVD wants to get done:
The Hague should be more a vibrant city! The VVD wants more opportunities for bars and restaurants, including your neighbourhood pub. The City should aim to attract major international cultural and sports events. Subsidised arts and culture should be of international standard.
Neighbourhoods should be safe places, day and night. The VVD invests in safer traffic junctions and street lights to eliminate dark spots. We restrict the use of fireworks at New Year for a safe celebration for all.
The sea, dunes and green spaces make for fabulous opportunities for leisure. The City should facilitate outdoor sports and invest in local sports clubs. To preserve its natural beauty for future generations, The Hague should step up its efforts towards environmental sustainability. The VVD wants to instate a Strategic Sustainability Fund to speed up progress towards clean energy.
The Hague should be an open and welcoming city. International residents help make the city thrive. The VVD wants the City to further improve its services for citizens, including more services in English.
Get in touch
Many VVD candidates have lived abroad, and are happy to talk to you. Feel free to discuss any questions, concerns or ideas for the city you may have directly with our political leader Mr. Boudewijn Revis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
VVD, the Liberal Party in The Netherlands
The Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, VVD) is a political party founded on the liberal philosophy. Its aim is to further the free intellectual and social development of each individual, without making distinctions according to religious or ideological conviction, nationality, sex, race, colour of skin or language. Central to its beliefs is freedom of choice for everyone. The VVD is a member of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament.