Eight million Belgians are voting in local elections today which may mark a sea change in politics if there is an historic shift of power in second city Antwerp, and it is taken by a man who has never held elected office. Bart de Wever leads the nationalist N-VA, and might use the capture of Antwerp, Europe’s second largest port, as a springboard for national power, and Flemish secession from Belgium.
… Voting has been made more difficult by a rash of computer problems with the electronic voting machines. These have led to some polling stations failing to open on time and long queues outside that have lengthened as the day goes on. “Finally I was able to vote after more then an hour waiting – I think it’s scandalous at our age to be waiting in the cold for so long. That’s not right,” said one elderly elector.
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