Residents set to vote in Netherlands municipal polls

THE HAGUE – About 13 million voters are set to go to the polls in the Netherlands on Wednesday to elect 403 new local councils. 

A Netherlands passport or identity card is not necessary for residents to be able to vote in the ballot, as citizens from other members’ states of the European Union who reside in the Netherlands are allowed to cast a ballot on equal status with Dutch citizens.

Other countries' nationals must have lived in the Netherlands for five years to qualify to vote.

Meanwhile, 290,000 Turks will have the right to vote in the polls, with hundreds of candidates of Turkish origin from different parties competing for election to municipal councils.

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