PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – On Tuesday afternoon President of Parliament Hon. Gracita Arrindell casts her vote for the European Union (EU) Parliamentary elections. Arrindell used her democratic right by visiting the Office of Dutch Representation on Front Street #26, Philipsburg.
“I call on all citizens who registered up until April 10 to exercise their democratic right to vote between now and May 22.
“I made use of this right this afternoon and voted for the candidate of my choice. Not too long ago, not everyone could vote, including women. To date there are millions of people around the world who still cannot or are not allowed to freely vote for the party or candidate of their choice.
“The opportunity was created to allow residents who met the criteria to vote in EU parliamentary elections, and we should make use of this,” President of Parliament Hon. Gracita Arrindell said on Tuesday.
The European parliamentary elections are considered the second biggest democratic exercise in the world, where 400 million people can cast their vote for a new European Parliament.
Elections are on May 22 for the 751 member chamber of the European Parliament. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) represent 503.7 million people in the European Union.
The 751 MEPs will take their seats in July and will set the course of European policies for the next five years. They will also elect the leader of the EU’s executive body, the European Commission President.