Previously the Council of State had ruled that a number of small irregularities had occurred when the votes were counted after last year’s local elections. These could have influenced the distribution of seats between the parties and as a result of this new elections were required. The municipal council has decided that these should take place on Sunday 16 June.
The council looked into whether this time voting computers could be used rather than traditional ballot papers. However, the Flemish Interior Agency said that this wouldn’t be possible.
The Christian democrat Johan Sauwens that had reported the counting irregularities said that while it was regrettable that election had to be re-run it was also essential given what had gone on. Mr Sauwens was criticised by members of the parties that make up the current municipal coalition. They said that he had always been against voting computers in the past and that he had spread untruths about last October’s municipal election.