by Elco B
Mon Jun 11th, 2007 at 03:43:14 AM EST
| Federal elections are held every four years in Belgium.|
Today 7.7 million Belgians go to the polls to elect a new Federal Parliament. Voters will choose a new Chamber of Representatives (150 members) and 40 senators.
Belgium is one of the few democracies where voting is obligatory. Anyone not turning up to vote risks a fine.
And the Belgian elections too - afew
Updated here: final Belgium vote results
Polling stations close at 15 h and we expect first results at about 17h. But it can take a few hours to see the real tendencies.
For the moment it is impossible to predict what coalition will emerge, the latest polls suggest everything is possible.
While waiting for results, here some tidbits about the Belgian elections. I hope other Belgians will provide additional infro.
flandersnews.be - Last polling stations closed at 3pm
The polling stations remained open until 3pm for those voting by computer. The six out of ten Belgians voting with the traditional pencil and ballot paper had until 1pm to vote.
flandersnews.be - Expats start Belgian elections
On Friday Belgians outside the EU were able to vote.
Some 55,000 Belgians outside the EU registered to vote.
Most expat Belgians live in the US, Switzerland, Canada and Argentina.