Polls open in Brussels on final day of European elections

Dozens of people queued up in front of the Leon Lepage elementary school in Brussels on Sunday morning, as millions on Europeans head to polling stations for the final day of the European elections.

A total of 751 Members of the European Parliament will be elected over the weekend, representing 512 million citizens of the 28 member states. Polling stations in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom were the first to open on Thursday, while 21 EU countries are holding their election on Sunday.

Brexit and the rise of right-wing populism loom large over the bloc’s ninth parliamentary elections since 1979, while turnout has steadily dwindled since the first elections, from 62 per cent in the inaugural elections to 43 per cent in 2014, although turnout in Belgium remains consistently high with 89.64 percent turnout in 2014.