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D66 Liberals breathe new life into elected mayor campaign

Thursday 19 April 2012

The Liberal democrats (D66) are relaunching their campaign to stop mayors being technically appointed by the queen and bring in direct elections.

The party is submitting two motions which would alter the constitution and bring in elected mayors, the Volkskrant reported on Thursday.

D66 parliamentarian Gerard Schouw says he hopes the proposal will be supported by the non-religious parties in parliament. An earlier attempt to introduce elected mayors in 2005 failed to generate majority support in parliament.

Schouw told the paper the Netherlands is the only country in Europe where mayors are not elected. He says the position of mayors is undermined by the fact they are crown appointees and are not democratically accountable.

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Readers' comments (13)

Let's hope they get it through this time. The people choose their leaders in a democracy. Look at Rotterdam, where the locals had an Amsterdammer given the role of Mayor, despite all their opposition. It is irrelevant how good he is, he was not the people's choice.

By jaycee | April 19, 2012 8:45 AM

Leave our traditions alone.

By Phil | April 19, 2012 9:41 AM

@Phil, There's nothing wrong with tradition but if it's shown that people would rather choose their own mayor then what's wrong with that?

By Donaugh | April 19, 2012 10:09 AM

Wow, ignorant me didn't know this. Why are you against changing traditions, Phil? Is that not the way one progresses as a culture? Or would you still prefer that women remain at home? I'm not being facetious, I'm genuinely curious.

By Stupid | April 19, 2012 11:56 AM

Why Phil? Any LOGICAL reason or do you just fear change?

Fear is no reason to do -- or not do -- anything.

By CW | April 19, 2012 1:49 PM

Let the people choose the mayor, tradition doesn't make it right.

By @CluthaDubh | April 19, 2012 1:55 PM

I have some logical reasons why it shouldn't be changed. First of all, who actually wants to vote for their mayors? Everyone says 'the people want it', but i don't want it and i know so many people who don't want it. Second, the elections we already have are losing on turnout, let people vote properly for everything else first (EU or provinces for example). Third, the 'referendums' that were held a few times to elect a mayor didn't offer any real choice and were hardly of interest to the citizens. Fourth, elected mayors might be based on populism and not on real knowledge.

I really hope the second chamber will not pass this law!

By Lieke | April 19, 2012 3:40 PM

Considering the amount of power over the people has it would only be democratic to have the mayor elected.If not its fascism.

By jason buttle | April 19, 2012 3:45 PM

Tradition is for people that benefit from things staying the same. Let's be more democratic and not less, hear hear.

By Natasha Cloutier | April 19, 2012 3:59 PM

Hurray and good luck with another try

By Michael Kadin | April 19, 2012 4:07 PM

The interference in Dutch politics (at any level) by the Dutch monarchy should be brought to a rapid end, followed by it being stripped of any other powers en route to abolishinbg it altogether. An outdated institution that is unnecessarily supported (because they are bilionaires) with taxpayers money. The sooner the better.

By MarkyP | April 19, 2012 4:52 PM

@Stupid, I would prefer that either the man or woman could stay at home and one wage was enough to raise a family.

@CW- Stronger powers in regards to public safety.

By Phil | April 20, 2012 3:08 AM

I may be out of touch on this a bit , but if the crown appoints a capable mayor to run a city (in reality a business)over a person voted in by the people which might be an unemployed none educated entity. What would be your real and thought out answer? As to whom you would want to spend your taxes and run your town?

By tobias smit | April 20, 2012 5:33 AM

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