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11/1 Jurists want to stay in Oudemanhuispoort

8/2 Mayor’s portrait

8/2 Websites for social cohesion

7/2 Spreading tourism proceeds with difficulty

7/2 GroenLinks on districts: Be a man

6/2 Zuideramstel opens new office on Sabbath

5/2 The truth about integration

4/2 Wilders has little support on Amsterdam

3/2 Elite involved in neighbourhood

2/2 Johnnie Walker avoids taxes in Amsterdam

1/2 Rotterdam to tinker with district councils as well

31/1 Wooden rowing boats to disappear from Amstel

31/1 ZeeburgTV launched

27/1 Privacy activists to mess up loyalty card system

27/1 A few were still coughing, but that was an act

27/1 Chrisis in de Baarsjes

26/1 Youth have positive view of districts

24/1 Action groups call for Carmel and Jaffa boycott

24/1 PvdA members dismiss plan for districts

23/1 KLM takes on crisis with new uniform

23/1 District office not squatted

21/1 Merge districts

20/1 Closing squat bar Vrankrijk not necessary

20/1 Cleaners welcome new Schiphol director

18/1 Palestine at the Jewish Historical Museum

18/1 What is the right size for a district?

17/1 PvdA Oost against fewer districts

16/1 Committee: 7 districts by 2010

15/1 Soldiers may attend Afghanistan debate after all

15/1 Bait bike leads to arrest

14/1 Youth for Christ to republish vacancies

13/1 Paintings of the Zuidas

13/1 New Youth for Christ contoversy

11/1 Social cohesion initiative raises eyebrows

10/1 Fewer districts in 2010

10/1 Zuidas: People feel that we are losers

9/1 Fun on the ice - but not for all

9/1 Supermarket coupon fraud thwarted

9/1 I Amsterdam must remain exclusive

8/1 Use term Apartheid in every discussion

8/1 No city kiosk in Amsterdam yet

7/1 Snow

7/1 Fatima Elatik to run Zeeburg

7/1 Municipal managers to return to shop floor

4/1 Police: take photo of strange people

3/1 Gaza protest criticises politicians

1/1 Thousands to protest against attacks on Gaza

1/1 Mustapha Laboui leaves district council


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Last minute voting assistance

6 March 2007 - Tomorrow, there will be elections for the Provincial Council, which will subsequently elect the Senate. Some last minute assistance.

The elections are about Schiphol Airport, the connection with Almere, ‘pig factories’ in the Western Docklands, and the excessive remuneration for management at the NUON power company. In addition, the elections are seen as a referendum on whether the new Christian-Social government is sufficiently liberal.

There has hardly been a fierce campaign, but some latest news can be reported:

  • The PvdA Noord-Holland tries to suck up to Amsterdam voters by suddenly promising a present: ten million euro to stimulate tourism in the capital and another ten million euro to deal with noise complaints about Schiphol.

  • GroenLinks and PvdD argue about fallow deer. The PvdD is campaigning against alleged GroenLinks plans to shoot these animals; GroenLinks accuses the PvdD of ‘pure deception of the voter’.

There will be an election debate on RTV HN tonight at 8, 10 and 12 pm (in Dutch).

Those who know Dutch can get advice from the stemwijzer and the kieskompas, although especially the latter is subject to criticism. Many candidates from Amsterdam present themselves at News from Amsterdam. Yes, also in Dutch, but there are pictures as well. A guide to Dutch political parties can be found here.

In addition to regular polling stations, voters can go to five railway stations, the V&D department stores at the Kalverstraat and the Buiksloterplein, the Osdorp Garden Centre, the Infocentrum Zuidoost and the municipal Dienst Wonen. Info on voting locations can be found here (pdf). The regular polling stations are open from 7.30 am to 9 pm; the special voting locations have different opening hours. Do not forget to bring your voting pass (stempas).

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