The Danish People’s Party candidate for mayor in Vejle is calling for
foreigners to be disenfranchised in the upcoming municipal elections in
Foreigners living in Denmark currently have the right to vote in local council
and regional elections, but not in national general elections. Non-EU and
non-Nordic nationals earn the right to vote in local elections after having
lived in Denmark for four years.
The call, by mayoral candidate Holder Gorm Petersen, has the backing of the
national party, whose deputy chairman Søren Espersen says the issue is
already in the party programme.
“He’s simply reading up from our party programme, so he’s not doing anything
wrong. We have always believed this should be the case and have even put
forward a proposal in Parliament. We want the right to vote to be confined
to Danish citizens. That has been our view since Adam and Eve,” Espersen
“It’s simply a matter of honour and privilege. It’s not because we don’t think
foreigners can figure out what to do. I am sure that many can. But it is an
honour and privilege to become a Danish citizen, and that includes the right
to vote,” he adds.
The Danish People’s Party Local Government Committee Member Mikkel Dencker
says that perhaps Nordic citizens should be able to continue to have the
vote in local elections.
“Whether the borderline goes at citizenship, or whether we should allow Nordic
citizens to have the vote to, is not something that I think we have yet
decided,” Dencker tells Politiken.dk.
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