Ollongren Does not want to Wait for Court for Abolition Referendum. Minister Kajsa Ollongren (Home Affairs) has little interest in waiting for a court ruling on the abolition of the advisory referendum.
She also does not want to wait for the advice of the state commission that, among other things, researches the functioning of the poll.
“The judge and the legislator each have their duty,” said the D66 minister on Tuesday during the review of the revocation law that puts an end to the advisory referendum.
The coalition fractions in the Senate supported her. The senators of the VVD, CDA, D66 and CU were satisfied with the answer. A majority for the abolition also seems to be within reach in the Senate.
The opposition in the Senate asked the minister to wait for the abolition because the judge is dealing with an objection about the matter.
The movement More Democracy wants to know whether the government has the right to block a referendum on the abolition of the advisory referendum.
The senators complained about the haste the Cabinet has with the abolition of the referendum. Opposition fractions also asked the Minister to take into account the investigation of the state commission.
Last week, in an interim report, he stated that the referendum, although corrective and binding, could strengthen democracy.
Discard old shoes
The opposition parties asked Ollongren to wait for the committee’s final report, after which he could decide how the referendum might have to be adjusted.
Do not throw away the old shoes before you have bought new ones. It sounded unanimously from the opposition.
The faction of the SP warned that Ollongren would put the voter and the court offside if the cabinet pushed through the plans. Also reflected in the camp of the PvdA. “Why is this hurry?” Asked PvdA’er Mohamed Sini.
He fears that this will reinforce the image that the government is not interested in the opinion of the electorate. “This will increase the gap between citizen and politics.”
Coalition parties VVD, CDA, D66 and CU decided during the formation to abolish the advisory referendum.
According to these parties, the poll did not bring “what was expected of it”, as stated in the coalition agreement.
According to the parties, advisory referenda lead to disappointment among voters, because the government is not obliged to take over the outcome.
The House of Representatives has now declared the law, but that did not go without a struggle. The fact that the government does not make the repeal law a reference table has generated fierce results in the House.
“A middle finger to the population,” said SP member Ronald van Raak.
And the opposition is not alone. Constitutional lawyers who were invited to attend an information meeting by the Senate in March were critical of the abolition.
The fact that the Cabinet does not make the revocation law a reference table is, according to them, “not beautiful, not courteous and not generous”.
The experts agree that the choice of the cabinet is legally sustainable, but also state that it is “not chic” and even “faint”.
“Why would you deny supporters of the referendum the chance to organise a referendum for the last time?” Roel Schutgens, professor of general legal science at Radboud University Nijmegen, wondered. “What are you so afraid of?”
Frank Hendriks, professor of public administration at the University of Tilburg, pleaded in the Senate for the results of the investigation of the state commission to wait, before the Senate to take a decision.
In the interim report, Also referred to the National Voter Survey 2017 reveals that 56 per cent of the voters are in approval of a referendum.
Research by the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau (SCP) shows a higher percentage: 69 per cent of the voters are in support of a poll.
Under which conditions a corrective referendum has to be established, the Committee elaborates on the final report. That must appear before the end of the year.
For the time being, it does not appear that the coalition parties in the Senate have attracted by the criticism of the opposition and the experts.
The Senate will vote on the abolition of the referendum next week.