His place is not a repudiation. The last place on Belgian candidate lists is usually set aside for a political heavyweight, who with massive support can collect enough preference votes to be elected after all in Belgium's complicated list system. Sometimes the last spot is also set aside for a candidate who wants to offer his party support without the intention of taking up a seat if elected.
Olivier Godfroid hails from Charleroi in deepest Wallonia. He is 44 years of age and is fluent in Dutch. He is the secretary of the N-VA local party in the City of Brussels.
Luc Demullier, who will head the N-VA list in Brussels, explained the choice: "Thanks to the state reforms it's no foregone conclusion that the nationalists will secure a seat in the lower house in Brussels, but we are pulling out all the stops."