The law requiring 5 years of residency in order to participate in local elections was amended earlier this year.

After the law on municipal elections was changed in the summer of 2022, removing the 5-year-residency requirement, some 68,000 more residents are expected to be eligible to participate in municipal elections next year.

The above estimate was provided by the Minister of Family Affairs, Corinne Cahen (DP), in response to a parliamentary question submitted by the LSAP's Dan Biancalana (MP and Mayor of Dudelange).

When did the law change? On 13 July 2022

Thanks to these changes, any citizen will now be able to take part in municipal elections, regardless of their nationality and length of residence.

The abolition of the 5-year residence clause applies to all non-Luxembourg citizens, whether they are European or third-country nationals.

You also have more time to register: You can now register up to 55 days before an election (a reduction on the previous time-frame of 87 days).

In the 2017 Local Elections, up and down the country, and depending on the municipality, only about 10 to 20% of eligible foreign residents participated.

The government wants to increase participation numbers and has launched a campaign "I can vote" to raise awareness and inform the public.

"It aims to make citizens aware of the importance of having a say in the future of their community." said the Government in its press release on 14 July.

Corinne Cahen is also a potential Mayoral candidate for Luxembourg City in 2023; she's hinted at her interest this year. The Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel has expressed he would consider it a "loss" for his government if Cahen opts to run for mayor but did say that it would be her choice to make.

Article Corrected and Updated. A previous version of the article did not clarify the difference between eligible and registered voters. Additional writing by Christos Floros.