Local elections

General information

On 11 June 2023, voters will renew all the municipal councils of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Municipal councillors are directly elected every six years. Each municipality has a Municipal Council from which the College of Mayor and Aldermen, the executive body of the commune, generates.

The local elections and the formation of the political bodies of the municipality following the elections of 11 June 2023 are governed by the amended electoral law of 18 February 2003 and the amended communal law of 13 December 1988, coordinated versions of which can be consulted on the legilux.lu website in the collection « Legislative, European and local elections », in the Communal Code.

 

Municipal council

The number of members of the Municipal Council is determined in accordance with the number of inhabitants of the municipality.

The Municipal Councils are composed as follows:

  • 7 members in municipalities with a population of 999 or less;
  • 9 members in municipalities with 1.000 to 2.999 inhabitants;
  • 11 members in municipalities with 3.000 to 5.999 inhabitants;
  • 13 members in municipalities with 6.000 to 9.999 inhabitants;
  • 15 members in municipalities with 10.000 to 14.999 inhabitants;
  • 17 members in municipalities with 15.000 to 19.999 inhabitants;
  • 19 members in municipalities with 20.000 or more inhabitants.

The Municipal Council of the City of Luxembourg is composed of 27 members.

After the elections, all councilors have to take up their mandate by September 1st at the latest.

College of Mayor and Aldermen

The College of Mayor and Aldermen of each municipality is composed of one mayor and two aldermen.

However, the number of aldermen may be fixed, by Grand-Ducal decree, at:

  • 3 aldermen in municipalities with 10.000 to 19.999 inhabitants;
  • 4 aldermen in municipalities with 20.000 inhabitants or more;
  • 6 aldermen in the City of Luxembourg.

The mayor and aldermen are appointed after being proposed by the majority of newly elected members of the Municipal Council. The Grand Duke appoints the mayors while the Minister for Home Affairs appoints the aldermen.

The mayors and aldermen take their oath of office before the Minister for Home Affairs. The mayor swears in the other members of the municipal council in their municipality.

Local elections of 11 June 2023

Timetable 2023

Key dates for the local elections:

  • 18 March: National registration day
  • 12 April: Deadline for the submission of candidatures
  • 13 April: Drawing of list numbers
  • 17 April: Deadline for registering on the electoral roll (non-Luxembourgers)
  • 18 April: Publication of the electoral lists
  • 20 March - 2 May: Application for postal voting if sent abroad (e.g. students)
  •  20 March - 17 May: Application for postal voting if sent within Luxembourg
  • 6 June: Deadline for sending the invitation
  • 11 June: Local elections
  • 1 September: Last day for the swearing-in of new colleges of mayor and aldermen and municipal councils

A table with all the deadlines to respect for the local elections is available below:

Closing of lists and complaints

Deadline Day before elections Event
17/04/23 55th
  • provisional closing of the lists at 5pm.
18/04/23 54th
  • publication of a notice of deposit of provisional lists,
  • with an invitation to any citizen to produce until the 47th day before polling day the credentials of citizens who are not on the list, but who are entitled to be on it,
  • and with the mention that a complaint tending to the registration of a voter, to be admissible before the administrative Court, must have been submitted beforehand to the college of mayor and aldermen, with all the supporting documents.publication d’un avis de dépôt des listes provisoires
18-25/04/23 54th - 47th
  • inspection des listes provisoires par le public,
  • introduction de réclamations devant le collège des bourgmestre et échevins,
  • production de titres par les non-inscrits (article 12, paragraphe 3, alinéa 3 LE). 
27/04/23 45th
  • posting of the list of complaints, each citizen can inspect it and receive a copy.
28/04/23 44th
  • The college of mayor and aldermen decides in public session on all complaints. In the event of a voter being struck off the list, the college of mayor and aldermen informs this person within 48 hours in writing and at home of the reasons for the removal.
28/04/23 44th
  • final closure of the lists,
  • publication of a notice of deposit of the supplementary list of newly registered voters.
06/05/23 36th
  • the municipal administration sends to the Minister for Home Affairs a copy of the final and supplementary lists, the decisions mentioned in article 15, paragraph 3 and all the documents by means of which the registered citizens have justified their rights or as a result of which the deletions have been made.
28/04-05/05/23 44th - 37th
  • Inspection by the public of the supplementary lists and provisional lists. Every citizen may inspect them, but may not receive a copy.
28/04-12/05/23 44th - 30th
  • Inspection of the updated lists up to and including the 30th day before the election, without being able to request a copy.

Appeal to the Administrative Court

Deadline Day before elections Event
05/05/23 37th
  • filing of the appeal for reversal.
15/05/23 27th
  • judgment of the Administrative Court,
  • notification of a true copy of the judgment by the clerk on the day of delivery.

Filing of candidatures

Deadline Day before elections Event
12/04/23 60th
  • declaration (relative majority system) or presentation (proportional representation system) by candidates.

Postal voting procedure

Deadline Day before elections Event
20/03-17/05 83e - 25e
  • Submission of the application for admission to postal voting by electronic filing on myguichet.lu, on plain paper or on a form to be obtained from the municipal administration of the voter's residence.
20/03-02/05 83e - 40e
  • Change of the deadline if the letter of convocation is to be sent to an address abroad.
27/05/23 15e
  • Sending, by the college of mayor and aldermen (under the condition that the applicant fulfils the conditions of electorate), by registered mail with acknowledgement of receipt, of the following documents:
  • the letter of convocation including the list of candidates and the instruction annexed to the electoral law,
  • an electoral envelope and a ballot paper duly stamped in accordance with Article 78 of the electoral law,
  • an envelope for the transmission of the electoral envelope marked: "Elections - Vote by post" and the indication of the polling station to which the vote is to be sent.
12/05/23 30e
  •  Change of the deadline for sending if the address is abroad.
22/05/23 20e
  • Notification of refusal by the college of mayor and aldermen if the applicant does not meet the conditions for voting by post.
07/05/23 35e
  • Change of the deadline for the notification of refusal if the address is abroad.

Changes to the electoral system

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has 56 communes that voted according to the relative majority system ("Majorzsystem") and 46 communes that voted according to the proportional representation system ("Proporzsystem") in the last local elections in 2017.

Relative majority system:

Beaufort, Bech, Beckerich, Berdorf, Bettendorf, Biwer, Boulaide, Bourscheid, Bous, Colmar-Berg, Consdorf, Dalheim, Ell, Erpeldange-sur-Sûre, Esch-sur-Sûre, Feulen, Fischbach, Flaxweiler, Garnich, Goesdorf, Grosbous, Heffingen, Helperknapp, Kiischpelt, Koerich, Lac de la Haute Sûre, Larochette, Lenningen, Leudelange, Lintgen, Manternach, Mertzig, Nommern, Parc Hosingen, Préizerdaul, Putscheid, Reckange-sur-Mess, Redange-sur-Attert, Reisdorf, Rosport-Mompach, Saeul, Schengen, Schieren, Stadtbredimus, Tandel, Useldange, Ernz Valley, Vianden, Vichten, Wahl, Waldbillig, Waldbredimus, Weiler-la-Tour, Weiswampach, Winseler, Wormeldange

Proportional representation system:

Bertrange, Bettembourg, Betzdorf, Bissen, Clervaux, Contern, Diekirch, Differdange, Dippach, Dudelange, Echternach, Esch-sur-Alzette, Ettelbruck, Frisange, Grevenmacher, Habscht, Hesperange, Junglinster, Käerjeng, Kayl, Kehlen, Kopstal, Lorentzweiler Luxembourg, Mamer, Mersch, Mertert, Mondercange, Mondorf-les-Bains, Niederanven, Pétange, Rambrouch, Remich, Roeser, Rumelange, Sandweiler, Sanem, Schifflange, Schuttrange, Steinfort, Steinsel, Strassen, Troisvierges, Walferdange, Wiltz, Wincrange

                                                                        Voting system in the communes during the 2017 local elections

 

For the local elections of 11 June 2023, 10 communes will change their voting system:

  • 4 municipalities in which the transitional provisions concerning local elections (enshrined in the respective merger laws) expire: Helperknapp, Parc Hosingen, Rosport-Mompach, Schengen
  • 6 municipalities crossed the threshold of 3.000 inhabitants on 30 September 2022: Beaufort, Bettendorf, Esch-sur-Sûre, Lintgen, Redange-sur-Attert, Wormeldange

In the municipality of Habscht, the section of Hobscheid already voted according to the proportional representation system in 2017, while the section of Septfontaines voted according to the relative majority system. In 2023, the municipality of Habscht will no longer be divided into sections and will vote according to the proportional representation system.

                                                                                    Voting system in the communes in the 2023 local elections

Mergers of municipalities in progress

The Chamber of Deputies has passed the bill to merge the communes of Bous and Waldbredimus and the bill to merge the communes of Grosbous and Wahl. Thus, the Grand Duchy will have 100 communes after the local elections of 11 June 2023.

The municipalities of Grosbous and Wahl as well as Bous and Waldbredimus are to be considered separately as long as the merger has not been completed, which will only be the case from 1 September 2023.

46 municipalities will vote according to the relative majority system in 2023, including the four municipalities that will be merged, and 56 municipalities will vote according to the proportional representation system.

Relative majority system:

Bech, Beckerich, Berdorf, Biwer, Boulaide, Bourscheid, Bous-Waldbredimus, Colmar-Berg, Consdorf, Dalheim, Ell, Erpeldange-sur-Sûre, Feulen, Fischbach, Flaxweiler, Garnich, Goesdorf, Groussbus-Wal, Heffingen, Kiischpelt, Koerich, Lac de la Haute Sûre Larochette, Lenningen, Leudelange, Manternach, Mertzig, Nommern, Préizerdaul, Putscheid, Reckange-sur-Mess, Reisdorf, Saeul, Schieren, Stadtbredimus, Tandel, Useldange, Vallée de l'Ernz, Vianden, Vichten, Waldbillig, Weiler-la-Tour, Weiswampach, Winseler

Proportional representation system:

Beaufort, Bertrange, Bettembourg, Bettendorf, Betzdorf, Bissen, Clervaux, Contern, Diekirch, Differdange, Dippach, Dudelange, Echternach, Esch-sur-Alzette, Esch-sur-Sûre, Ettelbruck, Frisange, Grevenmacher, Habscht, Helperknapp, Hesperange, Junglinster, Käerjeng, Kayl, Kehlen, Kopstal, Lintgen, Lorentzweiler Luxembourg, Mamer, Mersch, Mertert, Mondercange, Mondorf-les-Bains, Niederanven, Parc Hosingen, Pétange, Rambrouch, Redange-sur-Attert, Remich, Roeser, Rosport-Mompach, Rumelange, Sandweiler, Sanem, Schengen, Schifflange, Schuttrange, Steinfort, Steinsel, Strassen, Troisvierges, Walferdange, Wiltz, Wincrange, Wormeldange

Changes in the number of councillors

The number of municipal councillors to be allocated to each municipality was fixed by the “règlement grand-ducal du 23 novembre 2022 portant fixation du nombre des conseillers communaux à attribuer à chaque commune“ on the basis of the data from the national register of natural persons relating to the actual population on 30 September 2022.

In 5 merging municipalities, the transitional derogatory provisions concerning the elections expire and the number of councillors to be elected in 2023 will be reduced to the common law number.

 

In 12 municipalities, the number of councillors to be elected will increase.

 

In total, 1.121 local councillors will be elected in the local elections of 11 June 2023:

  • 100 mayor
  • 222 aldermen (maximum)
    • 1 municipality with 6 aldermen: City of Luxembourg
    • 4 municipalities with 4 aldermen: Differdange, Dudelange, Esch-sur-Alzette and Pétange
    • 10 municipalities with 3 aldermen: Bettembourg, Hesperange, Käerjeng, Mamer, Mersch, Sanem, Schifflange and Strassen, as well as Bous-Waldbredimus and Groussbus-Wal
    • 85 municipalities with 2 aldermen
  • 799 local councilors

Resignation

It is possible that a local counsellor wishes to resign before the end of his or her mandate. In this case, their resignation is given in writing to the Minister for Home Affairs. The Minister accepts the counsellor’s resignation. This approval is communicated to the concerned person by a simple letter and becomes effective three days after its signature.

The mayor of the concerned municipality informs the municipal council of the counsellor’s resignation at its next meeting.

The mayor or alderman who wishes to resign as a municipal counsellor must have previously obtained his resignation as mayor or alderman from the appointing authority. In the case of the mayors, the appointing authority is the Grand Duke, while the appointing authority for the aldermen is the Minister for Home Affairs.

Resigning mayors and aldermen exercise their functions until their successors have been sworn in.

FAQ

Is voting compulsory?

Voting is compulsory for all voters registered on the electoral roll. It is not possible to be replaced. Postal voting can be granted on request.

More information:

The application for postal voting

If you are unable to take part in the elections, you must inform the territorially competent public prosecutor of the reasons for your abstention, together with the necessary supporting documents.

The model of the declaration of impossibility to vote

The following are automatically excused from compulsory voting:

  • Voters who, at the time of the election, live in another municipality than the one where they are called to vote;
  • Voters who are over 75 years of age.

Is it possible to vote by proxy?

No, no voter can be replaced.

What documents do I need to bring with me on the day of the local elections?

On the day of the elections, you must go to the polling station with your identity card, passport, residence permit or residence card.

Who is excluded from voting?

People are excluded from voting if:

  • They have been sentenced by a judge to a criminal penalty.
  • They have been sentenced by a judge to a correctional sentence and the judge has also removed their right to vote.
  • They are 18 years old and under guardianship.

When is a ballot paper considered invalid?

The ballot paper is invalid:

  • if there are more votes than candidates;
  • if there are no votes on my ballot paper (blank ballot paper);
  • if you cross out, write or draw on your ballot paper;
  • if there is a sign on the ballot paper by which the person can be identified;
  • if there is another paper or object in the ballot paper;
  • if one uses another envelope than the one provided by the municipality (postal voting);
  •  if a sign is made on the neutral envelope provided by the municipality (postal voting).

For people with a disability, is assisted voting allowed?

If a person is visually impaired or lives with a physical disability, the presiding officer of the polling station will allow them to be accompanied by a guide or support person. If they are unable to vote themselves, this person has the right to tick the boxes for them.

One cannot be accompanied in the voting booth by:

  • candidates for the election and their relatives or allies up to and including the second degree;
  • holders of a national, European or municipal elective mandate;
  • people who cannot read or write;
  • people excluded from the electorate according to the provisions of article 6 of the electoral law.

A visually impaired person is entitled to a tactile voting model, provided by the polling station. A member of the polling station may accompany the person into a booth to help him or her insert the ballot paper into the tactile voting model.

The visually impaired voter is also allowed to cast the vote using the tactile voting model provided by the body designated by Grand Ducal regulation for this purpose. The visually impaired voter who comes to the vote without the tactile voting model may use the model made available by the polling station, which he or she must hand in to the president after voting. A member of the polling station may accompany the visually impaired voter to a booth to assist him or her in inserting the ballot paper into the tactile voting template.

Can non-Luxembourgish residents vote?

Yes, all non-Luxembourgish residents can participate in local elections under the same conditions as Luxembourgish residents. To do so, they must register on the electoral roll until 17 April 2023, either via  Guichet.lu or at the local administration of their place of residence.

All information is available on the website Jepeuxvoter.lu .

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