A voter casts their ballot at a polling place in Luxembourg City, 15 October 2018. Photo credit: Nader Ghavami
The election results are in. Losses for the CSV, gains for the Greens, and the Pirate party take their seats for the first time. What was the reaction from the first time voters who spoke with Delano prior to the poll? Some were more surprised than others at the final results.
People preoccupied by environment
At 9pm on Sunday, Oana Marangoci said: “I am watching the results now and I can’t say that I am surprised. I think that the small parties gaining seats like Déi Gréng and Piraten reflect a need for a change of the traditional configuration. In my opinion it shows that people are more preoccupied by environment, and I think the housing and transportation crisis plays an important role.”
Marangoci went on to say that the rise of the ADR shows an increasing (and worrying) reluctance towards foreigners, in the context of European immigration turmoil: “I don’t have an opinion on the best coalition, but I hope that the priority will be put on urgent matters--transportation, housing, work life balance, and the environment.”
Pirates rocked the political landscape
For youngster Moritz Ruhstaller: “The Pirates sure rocked the boat known as the political landscape we had before, which was quite a surprise even though it makes sense because they had a strategic and effective election campaign. I did not expect the LSAP to lose three seats.”
“However with the DP only losing one seat and the Greens making up for the losses of the others, it seems as if it were up to the DP and Xavier Bettel to decide if they want to continue with Gambia or try a new coalition with the CSV, who lost two seats and percentage-wise would have lost more if the election system were different--where we would also potentially have more seats for smaller parties specifically in the north and east election districts”, he told Delano.
Ruhstaller said he expected the LSAP to lose one or maybe two seats but was really surprised that they lost three, almost four. “It seems less likely to me that the LSAP and CSV would form a coalition, since they are both being portrayed as the losers of the elections, but I guess it remains a possibility.”
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Bartosz Brzezinski is less surprised by the election results: “It was expected that the CSV would receive the most votes. However, I am really looking forward to the previous coalition working together again and forming a new government. Based on the results, they can still form a majority government so it’s possible,” he said.
“Pleasantly surprised” is how Matthew Olson-Roy would describe the significant increase in votes for Déi Gréng and the Pirate Party: “I hope to see them take part in a coalition with the DP and another party. A continuation of the current tripartite structure looks a good possibility.”
CSV decades of domination waning
“That the CSV did not do as well as predicted is a plus point for me. It demonstrates that people either like the way the country is currently being run by the three-party coalition or the CSV’s domination of Luxembourg politics over the decades is further waning,” said Valerie Scott.
It’s the first time Scott has voted in an election for a very long time: “It has been a challenge and an education to find out how the election and voting system works, but it’s been a good experience,” she said.