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Islam party not in Amsterdam

11 October 2006 – The Islam Democrats will participate in the 22 November elections in eight districts, co-founder Arif Potmis today said to News from Amsterdam. In Amsterdam, the party failed to collect sufficient signatures, but it will mobilise voters to vote in other cities.

Islam Democrats does not want to be an ‘ethnic minority party’. “Concepts such as ‘multicultural society’ or ‘integration’ have little to do with the daily concerns of immigrants. Our deepest concern is to prevent youth becoming uprooted and excluded”, says Potmis.

The party will participate in the elections in the districts Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Haarlem, Arnhem, Tilburg, Leiden and Dordrecht. In Amsterdam, it failed to collect a sufficient number of declarations of support before the deadline. According to Potmis, the elections official was very strict: “we tried to convince the civil servant but to no avail”.

Islam Democrats will call on Amsterdam voters to use a voters’ pass to cast their vote in a city where the party is registered. Probably, buses will be chartered to bring voters to the polling station.

The party has one seat in The Hague city council. Potmis hopes to win two to three seats at the national level.


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