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The Dutch municipal elections will be held on Wednesday March 21st, 2018. As a resident of Delft you will choose a new city council. The council is the city’s highest governing body. From 7:30 a.m. till 9:00 p.m. you can vote at several polling stations in Delft, for instance at the City Hall on the Market Square and at the EWI faculty on the TU campus. In order to vote, you’ll need an ID and a voting pass. If you are not Dutch, please check Delft.nl website to see if you’re eligible to vote in the municipal elections. If you are, then you will automatically receive a voting pass by March 21st at your Delft address.
Many aspects of public life are the responsibility of municipalities. Schools, preventative healthcare, affordable housing, public transportation, maintenance of parks and roads, local taxes, you name it and your own city council is in charge.
D66 (Democrats 1966) is a progressive liberal party. The ideas of D66 give testimony to the idea that true liberalism is social, because it strives for the greatest possible future and self-determination for all individuals. D66 politicians will always keep in mind the following five guiding principles:
For more general information in English about D66 check the D66 website.
In Delft D66 is the largest party in the city council. D66 wants equal opportunities for everybody living in Delft. All citizens should feel free and at home in Delft. Therefore we want good education on all levels and an international primary and secondary school for expats. Delft also needs more appropriate housing for all sorts of people, singles, couples and families. To live up to the climate goals of Paris, Delft too has to work hard to make the city more sustainable. Help us make a difference: Vote D66 on the 21st of March!
D66 wants to improve the business climate of the city for international companies. Delft is an international city with many expats. The presence of well internationally oriented education is an important reason for expats and international knowledge companies to come to Delft.
D66 represents people’s entrepreneurial spirit. The ideals of citizens who live here, who work here and who shape our city. We believe Delft is best served when people are encouraged to realize those ideals themselves. This means a local government which invests in education, in innovation, in sustainability, in health care and in democracy. Those are the five priorities of D66 for the local election on the 21st of March 2018.
It is through education that people can reach their full potential. We have already successfully reduced the number of school dropouts. We favour vocational training with promising job perspectives. School buildings should be healthy and sustainable environments. We are proud that, through our efforts, the first international primary school in Delft has recently opened its doors.
Delft: city of innovation
We are investing in Delft as a city of innovation. Innovation results in new businesses. Jobs should be provided at every level, along with as adequate housing. In particular, housing is needed for students, people looking for their first home and highly skilled migrants. Our goal is a green, clean and safe city with a wide variety of cultural activities.
We are the party of sustainability par excellence. There should be ample parking space for bicycles at the train stations. We support the use of geothermic heating of houses in the Poptahof and the Spoorzone neighbourhoods. Citizens should be encouraged to conserve energy.
D66 believes that health care professionals should work hand in hand with the family and friends of the person in need of care. We favour a personal budget which can be freely spent up to a certain amount, so that those concerned can make their own choices and set their own priorities.
Regardless of the topic, we consider it crucial to listen to ideas and initiatives that citizens in Delft bring forward. After all, this is what democracy is all about.