Brussels vote in new record amount of female candidates

Brussels vote in new record amount of female candidates
Molenbeek residents celebrate the victory of Dr. Catherine Moureaux from the Socialist Party, in being elected the commune's mayor.

Brussels residents have voted in 48,8% female candidates in the 2018 communal elections. Women are in majority in eight communes; Auderghem, Ganshore, Ixelles, Saint-Gilles, Uccle, Watermael-Boitsfort, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert and Woluwe-Saint-Pierre.

A total of 339 women won a seat in Sunday’s elections, which represents 48,8% of elected officials. This is a new record at this level of power. In previous elections the figures were 41,5% (2012) and 42,2% (2006).

With 20 seats out of a total of 31 (64,5%), allocated to female candidates, the commune of Auderghem obtained the most elected female candidates. In contrast, Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode, is the commune dominated mostly by men (34,5% female candidates winning seats).

The capital will also have at least one female mayor in the commune of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean. Negotiations are still taking place elsewhere.

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