Municipal elections in March

Municipal elections are held throughout the Netherlands in March. In Heemstede, residents can go to the polls on no less than 3 days (14, 15 and 16 March). The polls are open from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm. The results will be announced on March 16. So everyone has ample opportunity to vote. You vote for one of the candidates of a political party. In Heemstede, 7 parties are participating in the elections: Het Heemsteeds Burger Belang (HBB), The Association for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), Democrats 66 (D’66), GroenLinks (GL), The Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), De Labor Party (PvdA) and SamenSterkHeemstede (SSH). All parties have their own ideas to make life in Heemstede more pleasant. You can choose the party that you agree with the most. To give you an idea, you can view the Election Newspaper ( All parties are listed there with their program and there is also a page in which all points of view are briefly and conveniently side by side.

After the elections, the municipal council of 21 councillors will be revealed. Then we also know which party has the most councilors in the city council. Then the municipal councillors start talking to each other and see who they can best work with. This creates a group of parties that will become Heemstede’s Executive Board  (the government) for the next four years. These parties supply the aldermen (comparable to ministers). Together with the mayor, they form the College of Mayor and Aldermen. The parties supplying the aldermen together write a coalition agreement containing the plans they want to implement over the next four years. Examples include the introduction of a speed limit in built-up areas, a ring road around Heemstede, more affordable housing for house hunters and the preservation of many trees in Heemstede. These are all plans, which are in the various party programs.

So go vote in March and choose the party that has the best program for you.