Updated : 29/04/2014
European Union citizens can vote and stand for election in local elections immediately after arriving in Portugal. No minimum period of residence is required.
To be able to vote, they must
EU citizens can register with the registry commissions (comissões recenseadoras) or the Aliens Department (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras, SEF). They are registered in the constituency corresponding to their place of residence as stated on their valid residence card (título de residência), registration certificate (Certificado de Registo) or EU citizen's permanent residence certificate (Certificado de Residência Permanente de Cidadão da UE).
For this purpose they must
Voting is voluntary, so there is no penalty of any kind for not doing so.
EU citizens can stand for election and be elected to any local authority body, provided that they have not been debarred in their country of origin from the right to vote or to be elected.
To stand for election, EU citizens must
For further information about documents relating to elections in Portugal, go to the Elector's Portal (Portal do Eleitor).Still need help?