Photographer:Fotograaf: Joey Roberts
Final event of MaasX: SHUT UP and VOTE
MAASTRICHT “The name of the party tonight is ‘SHUT UP and VOTE’, but I prefer to say: ‘Vote, and don’t shut up’.” With these words, UM president Martin Paul opened Maastricht’s first polling station, on the first floor of the Muziekgieterij, shortly before midnight.
Maastricht’s mayor, Annemarie Penn-te Strake, was the first to vote in the early hours of Wednesday 21 March. She called the party “a great way to kick of the municipal elections. It’s nice to see so many students here.” That was perhaps wishful thinking: by 11.30 pm there were only around 75 guests in the hall. A number were from M:OED; many of their candidates were in attendance. The other parties seemed not to have shown up.
Things picked up after midnight. There was a large queue at the polling station with a half-hour wait. A total of 335 votes were cast, according to 1Limburg. Mariska Custers, master’s student of Mental Health and one of the first voters, supported Vivianne Heijnen of the CDA. “I filled in a voting guide and the CDA came out second, but I found their arguments to be the best underpinned. I chose her because I want to see more women in politics; I also voted for her in the national elections. I considered voting for the second or third woman on the list, but I barely saw them during the campaign.”