Nearly 16,000 new candidates on electoral lists in Wallonia and Brussels

Nearly 16,000 new candidates on electoral lists in Wallonia and Brussels
In Wallonia and Brussels, the candidate turnover rate is respectively 66.3% and 68.8% compared to 2012.

On Wednesday, Le Soir reports that the turnover rate for candidates on electoral lists is close to 70% in Wallonia and Brussels. Nearly 16,000 new candidates have got back onto the lists in Wallonia and Brussels. The figure equates to a 66% turnover in named individuals.

In Wallonia, the candidate turnover rate is 66.3%, compared to 2012. A similar figure to Brussels, where 68.8% of candidates were not on the lists six years ago.

Émilie Van Haute, a political analyst at the Free University of Brussels, comments, “A feature of municipal elections is that they are a gateway into politics for many citizens.”

That having been said, the turnover drops to 30% at the beginning of the list. Those who are active within municipal areas: mayors, members of aldermen colleges and commune councillors, as well as Public Social Assistance Centre presidents, generally obtain the best jobs. Outgoing elected municipal representatives represent 10% of candidates in Brussels and 16% in Wallonia.

Ms Van Haute further explains, “Parties wish to create votes. They capitalise upon known candidates likely to achieve the best result.”


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