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Over 284,000 people are registered to vote on October 8
Luxembourg

Over 284,000 people are registered to vote on October 8

12.08.2017 From our online archive
Dan Kersch, Luxembourg's Interior Minister has announced that 284,577 people were registered throughout the country's 105 communes to vote in the upcoming communal elections.

Dan Kersch, Luxembourg's Interior Minister has announced that 284,577 people were registered throughout the country's 105 communes to vote in the upcoming communal elections.

Of the 284,577 registered voters, 249,943 are Luxembourgers and 34,634 are foreigners. 

The most represented nationality among foreign voters is Portuguese with 13,093 people registered followed by  French (5,120), Italian (3,378),Belgian (3,186) and German (2,215).

Foreigners who are over 18 years old and have lived in the country for over five years could until July 13 register to vote in the communal elections. 

The government had launched a series of campaigns encouraging foreigners to register, as the percentage of eligible voters who do so – while steadily increasing – is low as still today less than a quarter of foreigners who are allowed to vote register.

Luxembourgers who are over 18 years old are automatically added to the voters' register.

For those who will not be able to vote on October 8 but qualify to register for a postal vote, they can still do so until September 8 at their local commune. 

(Barbara Tasch, barbara.tasch@wort.lu, +352 49 93 732)