The ambassadors of the European Union member states put their position today on the date of the next elections to the European Parliament.
Between June 6 and 9 next year, Europe will go to vote. For Sweden, this means that election day will be Sunday, June 9.
# course | EU Ambassadors have just agreed to set the period from 6 to 9 June 2024 as the date for the next European Parliament elections.
– Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union (@ sweden2023eu) May 17, 2023
There were reportedly requests for other dates among the 27 member states, but since they couldn’t agree on anything else, it finally came down to the original period: June 6-9.
Unlike Sweden, not all countries go to vote on Sunday. For the Netherlands, for example, Thursdays are instead the classic election day.
7.8 million Swedes
According to preliminary data from the Norwegian Electoral Authority, 7,805,377 people are eligible to vote in next year’s elections. Last time, voter turnout was 55 percent, an increase of four percentage points since the 2014 election. The fact that far fewer people vote than in the parliamentary election makes the election easier to run, with less risk of lining up.
– It’s not the same problem with the EU elections. It’s an election, fewer parties, fewer candidates, less voters,” Anna Nyqvist, head of the Electoral Authority’s Office, said in an interview with Alting newspaper earlier this spring.
Who are the candidates?
When it comes to preparing for elections, parties have come a long way and nomination processes vary. The first lists of candidates cannot be expected until the fall. “The election campaign is in full swing,” Sweden’s Democrats state in an email to Alting.
Several of the already sitting parliamentarians have declared that they would like to continue if given the chance. This applies, among others, to Liberals Karen Carlsbrough and Class C Representatives Abeer Sahlani and Emma Wisner.
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