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March 2, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Provincial elections

On the 2nd of March –

we have a provincial election in the Netherlands. Important not only for regional issues, but also at a national level because the provincial representatives elect the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate. And even if it were only for the regional issues: if you see how people struggle to get some freedom and democcracy in the Arab world, and if you remember how people have suffered before in Eastern Europe to get some democracy, I consider it a crime when people who have the vote, are too lazy or indifferent to use it.

To celebrate this feast of Democracy, here are some election pictures from Europeana:
Den Uyl deelt pamfletten uit in Geleen
Van Agt op campagne in Volendam

Minister Luns (Buitenlandse Zaken) brengt zijn stem uit in het stembureau aan de Cantaloupenburg in Den Haag
After a wonderful campaign by the luddites of ‘Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet’ (“We don’t trust voting machines”), we now have to vote on paper with the red pencil again: all election machines were banned. So now we are back to the system we used in 1848. That’s progress for you!

Go vote! Ga stemmen!


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