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European elections, 23 - 26 May 2019, country sheet: Belgium

· Official EE19 website

https://verkiezingen.fgov.be/algemeen/kandidatenlijsten-en-stembiljetten (NL)

https://elections.fgov.be/informations-generales/listes-des-candidats-et-bulletins-de-vote (FR)

https://wahlen.fgov.be/allgemeines/kandidatenlisten-und-stimmzettel (DE)

· Other elections/referenda held the same day

federal election (Chamber of Representatives)

regional elections (Flemish Parliament, Parliament of Wallonia, Parliament of the German-speaking Community, Parliament of the Brussels-Capital Region)

· Number of MEPs before/after Brexit

21/21

· Current government

CD&V (EPP), Open Vld (ALDE), MR (ALDE) since Dec. 2018


ELECTORAL RULES


· Obligatory vote

yes

· Number of constituencies

1

· Preferential vote

yes

· Postal vote

yes (for Belgians living abroad), 1.25% of the votes in 2014

· Advanced vote

no

· Threshold to get elected

Dutch-speaking electoral college: 5%

French-speaking electoral college: 5%

German-speaking electoral college: no

· Day of EE19

Sunday, 26 May

· Opening time of polling stations

8.00 CET

· Closing time of polling stations

14.00 CET (voting on paper)

16.00 CET (electronic voting)

· Exit polls

N/A

· Official announcement of first results

27 May during the day

· Provisional final results expected

26 May 23.00 CET


VOTERS


· Total

8 240 960

· Minimum age

18

· Average age

N/A


CANDIDATES


· Lists (total)

22 (8 Dutch-speaking, 7 French-speaking, 7 German-speaking)

· Candidates (total)

159 + 138 substitutes

· Female candidates %

· Legal minimum age

18

· Lead candidates per list or party (affiliation)
(In bold those represented in outgoing ep)

Dutch-speaking

Open Vld – Guy Verhofstadt

N-VA – Geert Bourgeois

Vlaams Belang – Gerolf Annemans

CD&V – Kris Peeters

PVDA – Line De Witte

Groen – Petra De Sutter

sp.a – Kathleen Van Brempt

Volt - Christophe Calis

French-speaking

Ecolo – Philippe Lamberts

cdH – Benoît Lutgen

MR – Olivier Chastel

PP – Yasmine Dehaene

DéFI – Benoît Cassart

PTB – Marc Botenga

PS – Paul Magnette

German-speaking


Vivant – Alain Mertes

Ecolo – Shqiprim Thaqi

ProDG – Lydia Klinkenberg

CSP – Pascal Arimont

PFF-MR – Yves Derwahl

SP – Matthias Zimmermann

DierAnimal - Reiner Barczinski

· MEPs re-running
(in bold lead candidate of list)

Gerolf Annemans (Vlaams Belang)

Maria Arena (PS)

Pascal Arimont (CSP)

Ivo Belet (CD&V)

Mark Demesmaeker (N-VA)

Philippe Lamberts (Ecolo)

Ralph Packet (N-VA)

Frédérique Ries (MR)

Bart Staes (Groen)

Marc Tarabella (PS)

Kathleen Van Brempt (sp.a)

Tom Vandenkendelaere (CD&V)

Hilde Vautmans (Open Vld)

Guy Verhofstadt (Opên Vld)

Lieve Wierinck (Open Vld)

RESULTS 2014


MEPs

% votes

Dutch-speaking

(12)

N-VA

4

26.67

Open Vld

3

20.40

CD&V

2

19.96

sp.a

1

13.18

Groen

1

10.62

VB

1

6.76

PVDA+

0

2.40

French-speaking

(8)

PS

3

29.28

MR

3

27.10

Ecolo

1

11.69

cdH

1

11.36

PP

0

5.98

PTB-GO!

0

5.48

FDF

0

3.39

Debout les Belges

0

2.98

LA DROITE

0

1.59

VEGA

0

0.62

Stand up U.S.E.

0

0.33

MG

0

0.19

German-speaking

(1)

CSP

1

30.36

Ecolo

0

16.66

PFF

0

16.05

SP

0

15.11

ProDG

0

13.22

Vivant

0

8.61


TURNOUT 2014

89.64 %