Polls open for provincial elections

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7 March 2007, AMSTERDAM - More than 12,240,000 people are eligible to vote for the provincial states today. More than 10,000 voting stations throughout the country will be open from 7.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

7 March 2007

AMSTERDAM - More than 12,240,000 people are eligible to vote for the provincial states today. More than 10,000 voting stations throughout the country will be open from 7.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The votes will determine not only the composition of the provincial executives, but also indirectly the members of the Senate, since the members of the various provincial executives choose the 75 members of the Senate.

A total of 564 provincial seats will be filled after today's elections, 200 fewer than are now in office in the twelve provinces. A recent amendment to the Dutch Provinces Act changed the number of provincial representatives in each of the provinces.

Unlike for the general elections, Dutch living abroad are not able to vote for the Provincial States. All Dutch, 18 years and older, must also vote in their own province in these elections.

Opinion pollsters have been saying for years that bad weather results in poor voter turnout, which isn't good news for parties with a less devoted following. The Liberal VVD, Christian democrats CDA and the Christian parties generally fare well when the weather is bad. Voters for the left-wing parties seem more put off by bad weather.

Local referenda will be held in combination with the elections in Leiden and Beverwijk. Leiden residents can vote for or against a new light rail project in the town, and Beverwijk residents will vote on what is to be done with two former garbage dump sites.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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