Signs on the motorway near Deventer alert Turks where to vote. Photo: Peter Hilz / HH Dutch social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees has described efforts by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to encourage Dutch Turks to vote in the parliamentary elections next week as inappropriate. Thousands of Dutch Turks have received a letter signed by Erdogan in which he urges them to vote. It is signed in his role as president and leader of the AK, and is being viewed as a call to vote for the ruling party. Some 250,000 Dutch Turks are able to vote in the elections from today. Polling stations are open until Tuesday in Deventer, The Hague and Amsterdam. Koolmees, who has integration in his portfolio, said the letter is a form of unwanted foreign interference in the Netherlands. It is important that ‘Dutch Turks have a future in the Netherlands,’ he said. Opponents of Erdogan in the Netherlands told broadcaster NOS the elections are extremely important because the … [Read more...] about Minister criticises Erdogan letter as Dutch Turks turn out to vote
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VOTERS across England will mark their crosses on ballot papers in local elections today. But why do we always use pencils? Here's why... Why do we use pencils to vote in UK elections? It is a tradition in the UK for voters to mark ballot papers with lead pencils, which are supplied in polling booths. This is the same in local elections, general elections and referendums. Pencils are preferred for historic and practical reasons. Ink can smudge, dry out or spill over the paper, which could invalidate a person's vote. When the paper is folded over, pen ink might transfer into another box, making it look like the voter has voted more than once. Some people have questioned whether pencils make fraud more likely. In theory a voter's X could be rubbed out and replaced with a vote for another candidate. At the EU referendum, police were called to a polling station after a voter lent another his pen amid rumours of a conspiracy to erase pencil marks. The Electoral Commission says measures are … [Read more...] about Why do we use pencils to vote in local elections, are pens allowed and how do I cast my vote?
Today, May 8, is the final day to register so here's everything you need to know about making sure your voice is heard: When is the referendum?The referendum on the Eighth Amendment will take place on Friday, May 25 2018. Who can vote in a referendum?Any Irish citizen over the age of 18 can vote in the referendum if they are registered to vote. If you are resident in Ireland but not an Irish citizen, you also have the right to vote in some of the elections. Can Irish citizens living abroad vote in the referendum?If you are an Irish citizen living abroad you cannot be entered on the Register of Electors. This means that you cannot vote in an election or referendum here in Ireland. The only exception to this is Irish diplomats and their spouses, who are on duty abroad and may cast their vote by post. How do I know if I'm registered to vote?If you're unsure if you are registered to vote, you can check here on the Referendum Commission's website. It's as simple as checking the … [Read more...] about Explainer: Everything you need to know about registering to vote in the abortion referendum
By Ann O'LoughlinIrish citizens living in Northern Ireland will have abortion readily available, in the same way as they can already avail of other health services in the Republic, if the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is passed, the High Court has heard today.It meant people there would no longer have to cross the Irish sea for this service and is one of the reasons why those citizens should have a right to vote in the forthcoming referendum, Ronan Lavery QC said.He was making arguments in an action by Belfast student Roisín Morelli against the State in which she says the State has failed to vindicate her constitutional right, as an Irish citizen, to have a vote.By reason of the birthright of people in Northern Ireland to be Irish citizens already there under Article 2 of the Constitution, the case for voting rights for those people is a special one in particular where it is a health issue and there is already sharing of health services north and south of the … [Read more...] about Belfast student in court bid to vote in constitutional referendum
IRELAND will hold a referendum on May 25, 2018, on whether or not to liberalise the country’s strict constitutional position on abortion. The move came after both houses of the Oireachtas in Dublin passed the legislation required to hold a referendum on the contentious issue. Citizens will be asked whether they want to repeal the Eighth Amendment of Ireland’s Constitution, a provision that makes abortion illegal in all but exceptional circumstances.The total electorate currently stands at around 3.2 million. A complete ban on abortion was only lifted five years ago for cases where the mother’s life was in danger.That move fuelled calls to give voters under the age of 50 their first say on more comprehensive reform.Voters will be asked if they wish to repeal an amendment to the constitution that was inserted following a 1983 referendum to enshrine the equal right to life of the mother and her unborn child, and to instead enable parliament to set the laws.“After … [Read more...] about Ireland to vote on legalising abortion