Consternation Monday evening during the city council in Zottegem. When it turned out that the majority of N-VA and CD&V was not complete, the opposition parties Vooruit, Open VLD and Groen decided to resign together. The next day, those three opposition parties sent out a joint press release. Mayor Evelien De Both (N-VA) also responded.
Communiqué Vooruit, Open VLD and Groen – The amateurism of ofthey majority must stop!
“Of Zottegem city council who opted for yesterday of agenda, ended much earlier than expected. Rode: of The majority of N-VA and CD&V were again not present with enough councilors to meet legally. Of Municipal councils are nevertheless announced in good time, so that everyone can note it in his or her agenda. Running a city means taking on responsibilities, not least by of majority parties. OfDuring the legislature, N-VA and CD&V have already failed five times to be present with enough councilors to hold a legally valid meeting. Of opposition parties Vooruit, Open VLD and Groen see this as yet another proof that our city is run in an amateurish way. This has to stop. It’s high time that of majority of local ofdemocracy takes seriously. if of The majority again and again fails to drum up enough city councilors and again and again hopes that of opposition parties will ofpanning, then this shows great contempt for of city council and by extension with contempt to of Zottegemnaren. That contempt for of councilors is more common. Dates of municipal councils, committee meetings, meetings of the autonomous municipal company, of the Special Committee for of Social Services, etc. are constantly changing because it is suddenly no longer appropriate for a member of the college of mayor and aldermen whether he or she plans a private trip. This is rife. Very sorry everyone. Now we are talking about of absence of a councilor ‘for personal reasons’. We therefore ask the CD&V or the CD&V councilor to state the personal reasons for this. Of united opposition asks the city council to take its task seriously and of Giving crazy people what they deserve: a committed and dedicated management team! From of We refuse opposition from now on ofthey majority too ofpan. We’re pulling here of line.”
Reaction Mayor Evelien De Both
“As planned, there went ofthis evening (Monday evening, ed.) at 20h of first city council of the new political year. However, it only lasted a few minutes. Due to personal circumstances, a municipal councilor from of majority not up on time of meeting. Of opposition reacted by of to leave the city council, so that a legally binding meeting could not be held. As a result, some important points could not be covered. Of majority regrets ofthem political games. Especially 4 members of it of opposition were not present. As a majority, we fully understand that of game rules in one ofdemocracy must be respected. But makes of opposition now really makes a difference for our city and its inhabitants by ofthey action? We like to leave it on of residents of Zottegem to judge whether this serves their interests. Of councilors of of majority hand over their attendance fees to vzw light point.”