Several former FvD members report this to De kup. One of them has not been a member of the party for two years. “Amazed, I get an email from the FvD to vote. I haven’t been a member for 2 years and I don’t want anything to do with it, ”an ex-member sends an email to this newspaper.
Others have emailed the party multiple times to cancel their membership as the membership fee was still deducted after the cancellation.
“With this e-mail you can vote on the binding referendum of the Forum for Democracy,” says the e-mail to the member states, which also contains a unique voting code. Upon clicking through, members are taken to a page where they are asked the simple question: “Would you like Thierry Baudet to remain the FvD leader?” The question can be answered with “yes” or “no”.
According to the party, “paying members” are allowed to take part in the referendum. According to the definition of a paying member, the FvD classifies individuals “who have paid a membership fee in the last year (ie before November 29th)”. It is the same definition that the party uses for the annual declaration of membership numbers to the Home Office.
“People who have canceled their membership but have still paid a membership fee can take part in the membership consultation,” it says on the FvD website. “Whether you want that is up to you.”