For a couple of weeks I have been following the Dutch local elections now with my camera. While usually these local elections would not be considered to be very interesting beyond the borders of our community, this time they are. On March 3rd the voter can choose between 16 political parties for the city council of Almere (188.335 inhabitants). Our city is one of the few cities in the Netherlands where the extreme right PVV party of Geert Wilders is participating for the first time. During the election campaign the 4th Balkenende government fell, when the PvdA ministers left the coalition. The results of these local elections are considered to be a strong indication for the nationwide election in June.