Sneek on CDA slate

THE HAGUE/ST. EUSTATIUS–St. Eustatius Democratic Party (DP Statia) Councilman Koos Sneek will be running on the slate of the Christian Democratic Party CDA in the March 15, 2017 Dutch Parliamentary elections.

Sneek has been postulated number 49 on the CDA slate. He is the only regional candidate for district 20, which includes the Caribbean Netherlands Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba. This was decided during the CDA party congress in Veghel, the Netherlands, on November 12. Sneek confirmed his postulation over the weekend.

During the congress the list of candidates for the elections for a new Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament was presented. CDA decided for the upcoming elections to work with so-called tail lists. This means that the numbers 46-50 on the list can differ per voting district.

This allows voters to vote for candidates from their own region. This decision to postulate Sneek as a candidate for the elections is closely related and a result of the cooperation that was recently announced between CDA and DP Statia.

Sneek stated in a reaction that working together with the CDA party and taking part in the Second Chamber elections on the party’s slate strengthens the bond between the two parties. “It also gives the party and in extension the Statia people as well as the other Caribbean Netherlands islands, through the CDA party, a direct representation in parliament,” he told The Daily Herald.

Sneek said he planned to actively campaign on all three islands. Important points in his campaign will be the strengthening of the islands’ economy, improvement of the infrastructure and the eradication of poverty, particularly where it concerns senior citizens and families with children.

The CDA election programme will be established during a party congress in Barneveld on January 14, 2017. The CDA programme will dedicate attention to the Caribbean Netherlands. Sneek will be present at this congress.

Source: The Daily Herald