The polls closed in the Netherlands about an hour ago. Here’s a breaking-news report from our Flemish correspondent VH with a forecast of the results for Dutch elections for the European Parliament:
Just for your information: Exit polls indicate that the PVV will be the biggest winner of the elections. The PVV might even be the biggest party, or as big as the CDA of the prime minister (whose party will lose substantially, as well as the other government party, the PvdA).
The exact results will appear here.
A quick translation of the exit poll results:
Exit poll: PVV wins elections: four seats
The PVV [of Geert Wilders] is the big winner of the European elections; the party will get four seats in the European Parliament. The Christian Democrats [CDA]) will go down from seven to five seats, the PvdA (Socialists) from seven to four seats.. D66 [center-left appeasers] grows from one seat to three seats. The percentage of voter turnout for the European elections is not bad with 40%.
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This is the first forecast of the NOS [government subsidized broadcaster] directly after the closing of polling at 21.00 hours [exit polls].
The big loser of the elections is the PvdA [Socialists, government party]. That party will be reduced from seven to four seats. D66 [center-left appeasers] will win two seats and settles on three seats.
The PVV member of parliament, Sietse Fritsma, reacted excited. But he kept a cool head and suggested that is still is only a prognosis. “It is very encouraging,” said Fritsma.
Labor Party Chairman Ploumen responded with disappointment. She congratulated the PVV on the result. The VVD [center-right] is delighted with the forecast. The damage to that party might be not that bad. “The VVD is back! We were expected to lose, but we fought back. With three seats, I can start in the Euro Group to work for the Netherlands,” said the leader of the VVD list for the European elections, Hans van Baalen.
The turnout was as high as in 2004: 40% of voters voted today.