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The 2019 Belgian regional elections will take place on Sunday 26 May, the same day as the 2019 European Parliament election as well as the Belgian federal election unless snap federal elections are called.

In the regional elections, new representatives will be chosen for the Flemish Parliament, Walloon Parliament, Brussels Parliament and the Parliament of the German-speaking Community. The Parliament of the French Community will be composed of all elected members of the Walloon Parliament (except German-speaking members) and 19 of the French-speaking members of the Brussels Parliament.

The elections will follow the 2014 elections and will be shortly after the 2018 local elections, which will be indicating voters' tendencies after an unusually long period of time without any elections in Belgium.

Electoral system

The regional parliaments have limited power over their own election; federal law largely regulates this and the federal government organises the elections, which occur per Article 117 of the Constitution on the same day as the European Parliament elections.

As such, all regional parliaments are elected using proportional representation under the D'Hondt method. Only Belgian citizens in Belgium have the right to vote, and voting is mandatory for them. Belgians living abroad are allowed to vote in European and federal elections, but not in regional elections.

The following timetable is fixed for the simultaneous European, federal and regional elections:

26 January 2019 Start of the "waiting period" (sperperiode) running until the day of the election, during which political propaganda and expenses are strictly regulated
1 March 2019 The electoral roll is fixed by municipal authorities
11 May 2019 Final day for the official announcement of the election and the convocation letter to voters
26 May 2019 Polling day (from 8am until 2pm, or until 4pm where voting is done electronically)

Flemish Parliament

Template:Infobox election thumb|300px|Number of seats per constituency in Flanders All 124 members of the Flemish Parliament will be elected. The five Flemish provinces (West Flanders, East Flanders, Antwerp, Flemish Brabant and Limburg) each are a constituency, plus the Brussels-Capital Region where those voting for a Dutch-language party can also vote in the Flemish election.

The incumbent Bourgeois Government is made up of a coalition of Flemish nationalists (N-VA), Christian democrats (CD&V) and liberals (Open Vld). The incumbent Minister-President is Geert Bourgeois (N-VA). The three-party centre-right government coalition has a comfortable majority.

In the October 2018 local elections, no major shifts occurred, although N-VA and sp.a lost some support while Vlaams Belang and Groen generally gained votes. CD&V and Open Vld remained stable.

Incumbent Minister-President Bourgois (N-VA) will contend in the simultaneous European Parliament elections; N-VA president Bart De Wever (N-VA) is their party's candidate to succeed him as head of the Flemish Government.

Template:BE party c/t || New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) || Bart De Wever(since 2004) || Template:Yes2 || Template:Yes2Template:BE party c/t || Christian Democratic and Flemish (CD&V) || Wouter Beke(since 2010) || Template:Yes2 || Template:Yes2Template:BE party c/t || Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats (Open Vld) || Gwendolyn Rutten(since 2012) || Template:Yes2 || Template:Yes2Template:BE party c/t || Socialist Party Different (sp.a) || John Crombez(since 2015) || Template:No2 || Template:No2Template:BE party c/t || Green (Groen) || Meyrem Almaci(since 2014) || Template:No2 || Template:No2Template:BE party c/t || Flemish Interest (Vlaams Belang) || Tom Van Grieken(since 2014) || Template:No2 || Template:No2
Parties in the Flemish Parliament
Political party Party leader 2014 seats Current seats
Union des Francophones (UF) Template:No2 Template:No2
Independents N/A Template:No2

Main candidates

The following candidates are the first on the respective party list (lijsttrekker) per constituency.

Party Template:Flag Template:Flag Template:Flag Template:Flag Template:Flag Template:Flag
style="background-color: Template:Christian Democratic and Flemish/meta/color; width:2px;" | CD&V Koen Van den Heuvel Joke Schauvliege Peter Van Rompuy Lode Ceyssens Hilde Crevits Benjamin Dalle
style="background-color: Template:Green!/meta/color; width:2px;" | Groen
style="background-color: Template:New Flemish Alliance/meta/color; width:2px;" | N-VA Bart De Wever Matthias Diependaele Ben Weyts Steven Vandeput Bert Maertens Karl Vanlouwe
style="background-color: Template:Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats/meta/color; width:2px;" | Open Vld
style="background-color: Template:Workers' Party (Belgium)/meta/color; width:2px;" | PVDA
style="background-color: Template:Socialist Party Differently/meta/color; width:2px;" | sp.a Caroline Gennez Conner Rousseau Bruno Tobback Els Robeyns Annick Lambrecht
style="background-color: Template:Flemish Interest/meta/color; width:2px;" | Vlaams Belang Filip Dewinter Guy D'haeseleer Klaas Slootmans Chris Janssens Stefaan Sintobin Frédéric Erens

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