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District Water Board: 'Voting not important'

1 November 2008 - Politicising district water boards is putting the safety of the Netherlands at risk, warns chairman Peter Vonk of the Algemene Waterschapspartij (AWP). New boards will be elected in the second half of November. For the first time, the candidates include representatives of political parties.

Vonk, who lives in Amsterdam Noord and is a candidate for the Hollands Noorderkwartier water board, told Waterforum that the specific role of the water boards should not be subjected to political hypes and interests. "Protection against the water is politically not sexy and will be subordinated to the issues of the day", he added.

In an article at the same website, two dike wardens have defended the role of political parties in water boards. In an open letter, Vonk says that the dike wardens should be impartial and should therefore not have interfered in the debate. He says doing so is like the Queen interfering in national elections.

He suggests that the two dike wardens may have an interest in defending the role of political parties. One of them, Henk Tiesinga, presided over the committee that wrote the CDA election platform. And the other, Monique de Vries, plays an active role in the VVD.

The dike wardens say that the tasks of the water boards are well defined and that there is therefore no reason for concern that other issues will take precedence over water safety. However, De Vries does expect that there will be sharper debates, which may also raise public interest in the work of the water boards.

Whether this will lead to higher turnout in elections is unsure. Both Tiesinga and De Vries claim that low turnout is in fact a sign of strength. "The number of people who don't turn out to vote should be added, one might say, for often that's a sign that we're doing pretty well", Tiesinga said.

Waterforum, water board candidates (both in Dutch). Photo: Wendy

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