CDA stays biggest party, SP makes huge gains
22 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — Exit poll forecasts have indicated that the Christian Democrat CDA will remain the largest party in the Dutch Parliament, but the Socialist SP looks too have made huge electoral gains.
22 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — Exit poll forecasts have indicated that the Christian Democrat CDA will remain the largest party in the Dutch Parliament, but the Socialist SP looks too have made huge electoral gains.
An RTL forecast indicates the CDA will win 38 seats compared with 44 seats at the January 2003 election. The Labour PvdA is set to win 34 seats, down from 42 at the last election.
The big winner, however, is the Socialist SP, which according to the RTL forecast stands to win 30 seats compared with nine seats at the 2003 election.
CDA coalition government partner the Liberal VVD will fall from 28 seats to just 20 in the new Parliament, according to the RTL forecast.
The RTL forecast was carried out by research bureau TNS NIPO and was issued at 8.50pm despite a request from public broadcaster NOS to wait until 9pm when polls closed.
In a forecast conducted by public broadcaster NOS and issued at 9pm, the CDA is tipped to win 43 seats, while the PvdA will win 35.
Conducted by pollster Maurice de Hond, the NOS forecast tipped the SP to win 24 seats, overtaking the VVD which is forecast to fall back to 21 seats.
The green-left GroenLinks will remain with eight seats, while the Democrat D66 will keep just two of its present six seats. The ChristenUnie will raise from three to five.
Parliament debutant the Freedom Party of Geert Wilders is tipped by NOS to win six seats, the Party for the Animals PvdD will win three and EenNL just one seat. Fortuyn is forecast to disappear from the Lower House.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news