Verdonk more popular than Rutte
27 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk is more popular than Liberal VVD leader Mark Rutte.
27 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk is more popular than Liberal VVD leader Mark Rutte.
Listed as the second top VVD candidate for last week's national elections, Verdonk gained more preference votes than her party leader.
Verdonk received 620,555 preference votes compared with Rutte's 553,200, figures from the Electoral Council indicated on Monday.
The council held a public hearing on Monday to confirm the election results. No changes were made to the division of seats as reported last week.
Some 27 candidates received sufficient preference votes to take up a seat in Parliament in their own right irrespective of the amount of votes their party gained.
The minimum number of preference votes this year was 16,397 votes.
Any politician who received a greater number of votes could take up a seat in parliament even if they were too low on the party's candidate list.
Democrat D66 candidate Koser Kaya was the only MP to be elected from an unelectable position.
Listed at number six on her party's candidate list, Kaya would have missed out on entering Parliament because the D66 only won three seats.
But because she gained 34,564 preference votes, Kaya will become an MP at the expense of Bert Bakker, who was listed at number three.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news