On 19 March 2014, people living in Amsterdam have the opportunity to vote for a new City Council. The members of the City Council select the city’s Alderpersons who, together with the Mayor, form the College. The College of Mayor and Alderpersons governs the city and is accountable to the City Council.
City Council elections
All registered residents of Amsterdam aged 18 and above who are nationals of European Union (EU) countries are allowed to vote in the City Council elections. In addition, registered residents who are nationals of countries outside of the EU may now vote if they have legally resided in the Netherlands for a consecutive period of at least five years.*
District Committee elections
The elections on 19 March are not only for the City Council; residents of Amsterdam will also be able to vote for committee members for their city districts. An extension of the College and the Council, each District Committee will in turn select an executive board consisting of three members. In addition to Amsterdam residents who are EU nationals, residents who are nationals of non-EU countries will now also be allowed to vote if they have legally resided in the Netherlands for a consecutive period of at least three years.*
The College and Council determine which tasks they transfer to the District Committees. The City District Offices will retain their function as a port of call for citizens and companies in the city, dealing with a range of matters including issuing passports and granting permits.
Information about voting
A copy of the Verkiezingskrant (Election Newspaper) will be delivered to your house early in March, containing information about the elections, where you can vote and what you have to take with you. This information will also be available on the Amsterdam.nl website (in Dutch).
Standing as a candidate
In addition to political parties, other groups or individuals can also stand for election to the District Committees. It is not necessary for candidates to stand on behalf of a political party. Nominations can be registered on 3 February 2014. Check the Amsterdam.nl website (in Dutch) for further details on nomination procedures. For more information about standing as a candidate, you can also contact the city’s information service by calling 14 020.
* In this instance, legal residence is defined as being registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen, BRP) and holding a valid residence permit throughout the stated period.