The Migrant Choice in Netherland: which political Party would you vote for?

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The Migrant Choice in Netherland: which political Party would you vote for?

On Wednesday, 12th September 2012 the people in Netherlands will exercise their voting power. There are many who have the power to vote yet have great doubt as to which political party they should vote for.

It is important particularly for the migrant community to understand which party they should vote for. Also migrants need to understand why they have to vote given the fact that each political party has their own ideologies which gives them the mandate to exercise these ideologies once given the power to rule the country.

 

This article discusses the Dutch political system. It is particularly directed to migrants who have the chance to exercise their voting rights. Particularly the first, second and third generation migrants with dutch nationality living in Netherlands.

 

Why should you vote?

The Netherland is a democratic country. The democracy in Netherland means that everyone has the power to choose who is given the mandate to rule in parliament (second chambers). People need to vote because Parliamentarians selected will decide how the country should be governed. They will control the work of various Ministers and governance in Netherland. Migrants with Dutch nationality have to vote because they have power to decide how the country should be operated, given the fact that the ideologies of selected parliamentarians affect their livelihood and that of their family members. Voting also means you take an action and decide with the majority who should rule the country. This means that, it has nothing to do with which candidate has the best dress or is most articulate.

 

It is rather unfortunate but rather that each year, not all those with Dutch nationality exercise their voting rights. Some people do not find it important to vote. Others give various excuses that there is a bad weather or attribute their failure to a rather busy day which prevent them to go and vote.

 

Who can vote?

All persons with Dutch nationality (passport) who are 18 years and older have the right to vote. This means, the Dutch can vote; but also the first, second and third generation migrants with Dutch nationality and and residents with over 5 years permit in Netherlands can as well vote.

 

Considering the fact that Netherland has a population of about 16 million, with some below the age of 18 years; in the year 2012 it is estimated that almost 12.5 million persons with Dutch nationality will have the mandate to exercise their voting rights in September 2012.

 

Which political parties are competing?

So far, 10 political parties are competing. To be more precise, the various political parties competing for governance into the second chamber are VVD, PvDA, PVV, CDA, SP, D66, GU, CU, SGP and PvdD. These political parties have been mentioned is in no specific order.

 

Who are the Candidates for various political Parties?

Party                Candidate

VVD                   Mark Rutte

PvDA                 Diederik Somson

PVV                   Geert Wilders

CDA                   Sybrand van Haesma Buma

SP                      Emile Roemer

D66                   Alexander Pechtold

GL                      Jolander Sap

CU                     Arie Slob

SGP                    Kees van der Staaj

PvdD                 Marlanne Theme

 

What do the abbreviations stand for?

These political parties mentioned in abbreviation have their own meanings, elaborated below as:

VVD                   Volkspartijvoor vrijheid in Democratie

PvDA                 Partij van de Arbeid

PVV                   Partij foor de Vrijheid

CDA                   Christen – Democratisch Appel

SP                      Socialtishe Partij

D66                   Democratien 66

GL                      GroenLinks

CU                     ChristenUnie

SGP                   Staatkundig Gereformeede Partij

PvdD                 Partij voor de Dieren

 

What are the ideologies of these political parties?

VVD:                 Zwaarder Straffen (Tighten the legal system with stricter rules)

PvdA:                Minder salaries for Bank Directeuren (less salary for Bank Directors)

PVV:                  Nederland uit de Europese Unie (Netherlands should separate itself from EU)

CDA:                 Geen Coffeshops bij scholen (no coffee shops in schools)

SP:                     Iedereen moet op zijn 65 jaar met pension kunnen (you must go on pension at age 65)

D66:                  Meer geld voor leraren (More money for teachers)

GL:                    Minder treinin en bussen (Less treins and buses)

CU:                    Mensen Moeten Elkaar helpen (People should help one another)

SGP:                  Zondag is een rustdag (Sunday is a rest day)

PvdD:                Vlees moet duurder worden (Meat should be made more expensive)

 

What are the standpoints of each Political Party?

Each political party has what they believe in and the appeal to the public to vote for them based on their ideas. These have been elaborated below in below:

 

VVD

  • Give fewer donations/money to needy country.
  • Make roads broader to prevent traffic
  • Send more police agents into the streets to do supervision.

 

PvdA

  • Everyone deserves a good life. Fewer group or rich people should not be allowed to rule the country and decide for the masses.
  • Bank directors should receive less salary.
  • Rich people should pay more taxes.
  • People should support and respect one another.
  • More women should be given the chance to take higher positions in government.

 

PVV

  • Less foreigners are needed in Netherland.
  • Bigger punishment should be given to legal offenders / criminals.
  • Netherland should not support Greek nor Spain, neither should money be given to any foreign country.
  • People with Islamic background or from Muslim countries should not be allowed to come and stay to Netherland.
  • Netherland should isolate itself from the Euro zone because it cost the country more money.

 

CDA

  • Close all coffee shops in schools
  • People with their jobs should pay less tax.
  • Parents with children should have more free days.

SP

  • Workers should go on pension at age 65.
  • Government should control public transport.
  • Housing should be made cheaper for those who want to buy.

D66

  • European Parliament should have more power.
  • Do not take finger prints of people.
  • Give more money to teachers in education.

 

GL

  • Companies that cause environmental hazards should pay more taxes.
  • People with handicap should have paid jobs.
  • There should be more trains and buses.

CU

  • Christian and Muslim schools should be allowed to stay.
  • Youngsters below 18 years should not be allowed to drink alcohol.
  • Give more money to the needy.

 

SGP

  • Sunday is a rest day.
  • Abortion and euthanasia should be prohibited.
  • More money should be given to the police and the army.
  • Netherlands should be allowed to make its own decision and not give too much power to the European Union.

 

PvdD

  • Meat should be made more expensive.
  • Ensure that there are more solar panels in buildings

 

 

What are the rules when voting?

You vote alone, you have to decide who to vote for.

Do not stamp your fingers on two different columns of political parties when voting. Vote for only one party.

You will vote in a public place but you choose privately.

 

Conclusion

These ideas are interesting.  Each political party has their own policies which directly or indirectly affect the livelihood of all in Netherlands. As a voter, you alone have the mandate to decide who should come into power. There is a call on all Migrants with rights to exercise their franchise.  As a migrant, who is your idea candidate, let us discuss this and share the information with others among ourselves. Mark the date, Wednesday 12 September 2012, and show your strength with your voting power.

 

 

Written by Abena Bemah

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