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Votes for Expats, end of month report

Votes for Expats, end of month reportBefore I start the regular month end MIS report for May I felt it only right that I should share the following recent article in The Economist - Europe's angry voters;  which is very relevant after some of the results in last week´s elections in some EU member states. Personally I have always found The Economist to be a high quality publication.

Near anarchy in the EU election jungle

euThe European parliamentary elections have resulted in convolutions bordering on chaos - but then what else did we expect from one of the biggest democratic events in the world, which spanned four days, 28 countries and almost 400 million citizens?

The European Union is such a befuddling and annoying phenomenon that a record number of voters in Portugal and elsewhere did not bother to turn out. A record number of those who did cast their vote do not even want to remain part of the union.

Should We Have a Right to Fire our MPs?

Should We Have a Right to Fire our MPs?If you work for a boss and your work is substandard, meaning you do not perform according to the standards expected of you, you get fired.

A government is a de facto corporation technically owned by the people of a country and all of us should have the right to hold government representatives accountable.

Why shouldn’t we as voters have the same right to fire our politicians when they fail to perform? Or when they fail to deliver on election promises? Or when they act against the best interests of their communities? (like in the case of the oil and gas exploration matter in the Algarve?)

European Elections - which party to vote for?

4794The European Parliamentary Elections are taking place in Portugal today,  the 25th of May 2014, and those who already have registered at their local Junta de Freguesia may have received a voting reminder.

If you are registered to vote, go to the polling station today with your Residencia (and passport just in case). Most voting stations are at the Junta de Freguesia but smaller ones may be at a local school. If you do not know where the polling station is, ask at your Junta de Freguesia or local café.

A lesson in Democracy

Harry SchindlerFurther to the announcement that Canada is extending democracy to all its citizens, wherever they live, Harry Shindler has commented:

"Great Britain that once prided itself that it taught the world democracy, and whose people died to defend that democracy, is now being given a lesson in what democracy really means."

Can you vote in the 2014 European Parliament Elections when you do not live in your country of origin?

Voting abroadNot all EU citizens have equal voting rights in European Parliament (EP) Elections. Can you?

CLICK HERE to learn more about the rules and procedures.

 

 

Harry Shindler MBE appeals to all British citizens

Harry ShindlerIt really gives me enormous pleasure in confirming that our very good friend and veteran campaigner, Harry Shindler, fully supports and endorses The Electoral Commission Campaign encouraging all British citizens now living in the other 27 EU member state countries, to register to vote in next month´s European Parliament electiions.

Vote in May

ETTWEU citizens have the right to vote in the European elections from May 22-25, 2014. This is in most cases also so, if you live in another country than the one you are born in.
Altogether 24 EU member states accept votes by their citizens living in another of EU’s 28 member state. And 20 member states also accept it, if they live in a country outside EU.