Last Friday, the official candidates  lists for The Hague local election which will be held on 21 March were announced.  The Mayor Pauline Krikke used the opportunity to call on everyone to vote.

‘The right to vote is still being  hard fought for  in some  parts of the world, we are lucky  here, so let’s use our right to vote’, says Krikke. “Now that the lists have been finalised , I really  implore everyone to  vote.”

For those who are not quite sure who to vote for, the mayor has a tip: ‘You can find all information about the candidates  on the gemeente website www.denhaag.allekandidaten.nl. I really hope that many people will take a look. ‘

Twenty parties are participating  in The Hague municipal elections. Four years ago there were nineteen. Thirteen of them had  councilors elected, but due to splitting, there are now sixteen parties in council.

Newcomers are 50PLUS, Dynamo Den Haag, Association for Student Action, The Hague Future, NIDA, Together 070 and a blank list of candidates. The latter party wanted to participate under the name Forum for The Hague, but that was not allowed by the central electoral committee.