Monday, 16 May 2011

ELECTIONS 2011: Get to know your ballot papers

You may well have already received something like this in the mail. The envelope it was sent in (by a political party) contained another envelope (see picture below) and a list of candidates (of that party). However, at the polls on May 22 (NEXT SUNDAY!) you will see the envelope and a collection of the lists for all the parties standing in your municipality (see the complete, official lists here). Watch this space for more info on how to vote (not who to vote for!). Click on the image for a translation of a ballot paper by TranslationHELP. (Prospero Note: Having lived under five different dictatorships in countries that allowed no voting, I can't stress enough how much I value my vote. If you haven't experienced this sort of thing you may not understand, but then, if you can't be bothered to go to your designated polling station next Sunday, do you honestly believe you have the right to complain about your council at the bar?)>


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